|Splash Out Hunger at KING Valentine Classic|| |
February 7, 2012
Dear KING families:
In partnership with Northwest Harvest, which was formed in Seattle in 1967, as The Ecumenical Metropolitan Ministry (EMM), by a group of Seattle community leaders, King Aquatic Club Boosters will be sponsoring a food drive at our February 11-12 KING VALENTINE CLASSIC Invitational swim meet.
The EMMs main purpose was to be a short term solution to help fill in the gaps to alleviate the growing problem of hunger in the Seattle area. In 1970, The Boeing Company began a round of layoffs which saw 60,000 jobs lost over 18 months. Because these people were not poor or homeless they were disqualified by social services. EMM worked closely with other organizations to collect food and respond to this crisis. At this time, Northwest Harvest became a separate, secular entity and grew from a Seattle resource into a statewide hunger relief agency, distributing food to a network of independent food banks around Washington State.Decades after the Boeing unemployment crisis, the need for emergency food assistance remains. Today, Northwest Harvest secures approximately 24 million pounds of food each year for distribution through a network of more than 325 partner food banks, meal programs and high need schools.
We are hoping that each and every KING family will participate in this drive by bringing a food donation. Monetary donations are also welcome. Checks should be made out to Northwest Harvest. Northwest Harvest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Remember, We, You, & I CAN make a difference in our community!
Thank you for your support,
Director of Volunteers
PS: Click here for the Food Drive