TOP Food & Drug at Highway 99 and 22oth Street Southwest is sponsoring a food drive now through Nov. 30 to stock the shelves of local food banks before the holidays.
Nonperishable food and cash donations will be collected for distribution to local food banks by Northwest Harvest (www.northwestharvest.org). Northwest Harvest is the only non-profit food bank distributor operating statewide in Washington with a network of over 325 food banks, meal programs and high-need elementary schools. Northwest Harvest provides over 1.6 million meals every month to its network. One of its beneficiaries is our own Edmonds Food Bank, which we profiled in a story here.
Food banks are seeking canned food high in protein, canned fruit, pasta, rice and any other non-perishable food items. Donors also may purchase pre-stuffed bags of groceries that include tuna, macaroni and cheese, peaches, chili, green beans and pinto beans for $5 apiece at TOP Food & Drug or make donations at the cash register of $10 or $20.
Requests for assistance at local food banks have been steadily rising the last several years. Also, low-income families are hit harder by higher heating costs during fall and winter. Many food-bank clients are senior citizens or families with children.