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Kirkland donates 10 tons of food to Hopelink; Market wins challenge
The economy may be acting like a miserly "grinch" these days, but Kirkland's spirit in the season of giving was alive and well Tuesday night at Kirkland City Council.
After thanking city neighborhoods for a bounty of food donations nearly spilling off their shelves, Kirkland Hopelink Center Manager Shona Koester Market Neighborhood had won the Neighborhood Challenge by giving 3,855 pounds of food, the largest number of donations per capita city-wide. The South Rose Hill/Bridle Trails, a more populous neighborhood, came a close second with 8,453 pounds and the Highlands came in third with 2,788 pounds.
The total numbers reflect donations collected throughout the community from early November through mid-December, including donations from the neighborhood challenge.
At City Council Tuesday night, Mayor James Lauinger awarded Market Neighborhood representative Penny Sweet a complimentary summer pool party for her neighborhood at Peter Kirk Pool for winning the contest.
“It’s a relief to see our shelves so full of food again even though the need for donations continues to rise,” said Koester. “Every item donated during the drive will soon go to feed a hungry family.”
Several neighborhoods participated in the neighborhood challenge to collect the most pounds of food per population living within the neighborhood. Collection sites were set up within the neighborhoods for ease of drop off. Despite nearly a foot of snow on the streets last month, Hopelink and the City’s Parks Maintenance staff regularly collected the food items and transported them to the food bank at the Kirkland Hopelink Center.
“The City Council appreciates the collaborative efforts by all those involved,” says Mayor James Lauinger. “The results speak volumes to the caring of the Kirkland community.”
Food bank and cash donations are accepted year round by Hopelink. For center locations, go to www.hope-link.org or call 425-869-6000.
Kirkland Food Drive Collection Totals
(pounds of food)
Neighborhood Challenge Food Drive Results
Juanita = 461 pounds
North Rose Hill = 320 pounds
Market = 3,855 pounds
Norkirk = 424 pounds
Highlands = 2,788 pounds
Moss Bay = 508 pounds
Everest = 849 pounds
Central Houghton = 554 pounds
South Rose Hill/Bridle Trails = 8,453 pounds
City of Kirkland Employee Food Drive = 2,240 pounds
Kirkland Youth Council Kick Off Collection Event = 1,250
TOTAL = 21,702 pounds