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City of Renton Partners with Local Agencies for Food Drive

December 1, 2009

For more information contact:

Karen Bergsvik, Human Services Manager 425-430-6650
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569

The City of Renton is partnering with the Salvation Army Renton Rotary Food Bank and the Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle and King County drive to help collect food and donations. Various public donation sites have been setup at Renton City Hall, Renton Community Center, Highlands Neighborhood Center, Renton Highlands Library, the City of Renton’s Human Services Division at 200 Mill Avenue, Maplewood Golf Course, and Renton fire stations. In addition, City of Renton employees are holding their annual food drive to collect food and donations. Last year, City of Renton employees donated over seven tons of food and hope to exceed that goal this year.

“Our food banks are facing an unprecedented increase in demand for food and unfortunately there are fewer donations,” said Mayor Denis Law. “Together we can help a lot of families and I urge everyone in our community to donate.”

The Salvation Army Renton Rotary Food Bank provides ongoing assistance to residents who live in Renton by providing a three-day supply of food once a month, along with fresh food offered weekly to those in need.  The most needed food items include canned meals such as beef stew and chili, canned vegetables and fruit, canned lunch meats, evaporated milk, powdered milk in small boxes, canned soup, chicken or beef baby foods, breakfast cereal, rice or beans in bulk, pasta, snack pudding and condiments such as ketchup and mustard in non breakable plastic containers. The Emergency Feeding Program supplies emergency food packs distributed through four Renton locations, bridging the gap until people receive food bank services.

Donations to help purchase bulk food are also accepted and can be made online or by mailing a check to either of the following addresses:

Emergency Feeding Program
PO Box 18877
Seattle, WA  98118
www.emergencyfeeding.org

The Salvation Army Renton Rotary Food Bank
PO Box 977, Renton, WA  98057
www.Salvationarmyrenton.org

For addresses, hours of drop-off locations, a detailed list of needed food items, or information about the City of Renton Food Drive, please check the city’s website or call 425-430-6650.