Highline Food Bank Money Donations Up, Food Supply Down

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by Janet Grella

Thanks to the 5K run “Cove to Clover” on March 15 and January’s “Empty Bowls” fundraiser, the Highline Food Bank has more monetary funding than anticipated.

Cove to Clover,” which started at the Cove in Normandy Park and ended at BTB Advertiser Mick Kelly’s raised over $12,000 in cash for the food bank.

“Empty Bowls” at the Moshier Community Center raised nearly $11,000, which was $3,000 more than the 2008 fundraiser.

“The community has been awesome as far as donations,” Executive Director Mike Werle told BTB.

However, there is some bad news – actual food donations are down, while the number of families served has increased by 27%, from 720 per month to 900.

So what does the Highline Food Bank need?

Baby food.

Yes – baby food!

That’s what Mike and his local families would like to see more of (especially the ones with hungry babies).

Normandy Park’s QFC has been a drop-off point for the food bank for many years. Now Mike has added Page 2 Books as a local drop-off point. Co-owner Gayle Collins delivers a grocery cart full of food every Tuesday. Page 2 has many customers as well as non-customers who drop food off every week. If you’d like to help our Highline Food Bank, please deliver some non-perishable food at Page 2 after 10am Monday-Saturday at 15706 1st Ave South in Burien. You just may find a good mystery or classic book to read while you’re there.

If you and your business wants to help collect food or have a fundraiser for the food bank, call Mike at 206-433-9900 and he’ll be happy to have your participation as a Highline Food Bank drop-off point or bring a barrel to your fundraiser.

Mike is looking forward to the National letter carriers food drive on May 9th. Every year our Highline Food Bank receives 20,000-30,000 pounds of food from Burien neighbors.

BTB will keep you posted on this event, so stay tuned…

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