Bartell Drugs — including the Edmonds location at 23028 100th Avenue West — in sponsoring a “Stock the Pantry” food drive for Northwest Harvest and is accepting nonperishable food items and cash donations at all 57 store locations from June 1-13.
This two-week food drive, now in its second year, is especially important to help Northwest Harvest replenish food stocks during summer months when families that normally depend on free or reduced-price school meals may struggle to provide those meals at home.
Last year the two-week drive generated over 16,767 pounds of food donations as well as cash contributions for food banks in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. The company also donated 1,500 reusable bags for use by food bank clients.
“Year-round hunger is an unfortunate reality for many children and their families, as well as many seniors. Through the generous contributions by our customers, we’re proud to support Northwest Harvest with this effort,” said Bartell’s Chairman & CEO George D. Bartell.
The “Stock the Pantry” drive builds on a long-time relationship between Bartell’s and Northwest Harvest, including holiday food drives.
“Only two out of five low-income children who receive a school lunch also receive a lunch in the summer months,” said Shelley Rotondo, executive director of Northwest Harvest. “‘Stock the Pantry’ represents a major summer food drive and helps replenish food stocks for families in need.”