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PCC food drives will help fill school lunch gap during summer months

What do you think? Comments Off April 30, 2011 at 6:26AM

Starting tomorrow (Saturday, May 1, 2011) and throughout the month of May, PCC Natural Markets are hosting food drives to benefit kids in need.

Specially-marked donation bins will be set up inside all nine Puget Sound PCC stores, including the Greenlake PCC (7504 Aurora Ave N).

According to a news release from PCC, these special food drives will help nourish kids who don’t have access to school-supplied meals during the summer months and whose families are served by food banks that partner with PCC in its year-round food bank program.

The news release cites a September 2010 “Communities Count Report” which indicates that most school districts within King County experienced an increase in the percentage of students qualifying for free or reduced-priced meals between 2009 and 2010. In Seattle, 42 percent of students qualify. Families must have incomes at or less than 130 percent of the federal poverty level to qualify for free lunches; families at or below 185 percent qualify for reduced-price lunches.

Nine area food banks, including Greenwood Food Bank, University District Food Bank, and Family Works Food Bank, will benefit from the PCC food drives.

The items most in need include:

Canned and boxed meals
Grains
Pasta and sauce
Canned/dried beans
Canned fruits and veggies
Shelf stable milk
Cooking oil
Nut butter and jam
Toiletries
Cereal

The food drives are a part of PCC Healthy Kids, a multi-year initiative to improve local children’s health through nutrition.

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