Kirkland Nourishing Network 2020 Holidays
Kirkland Nourishing Network is mobilizing again to help feed our local school families during the 2020 Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. The KNN food program normally provides boxes of groceries at the long school breaks, but has pivoted during the pandemic to providing grocery gift cards. Donations since mid-March have allowed KNN to provide six complete rounds of $50 grocery cards to more than 500 families each time.
“My granddaughter was crying when she saw this and said now we can get food.”
Though some Kirkland household incomes are among the area’s highest, many families cannot get enough to eat. The pandemic has only increased these numbers. For this coming holiday campaign, we anticipate serving more than 800 families, compared to the roughly 200 local families we typically helped each holiday last year. Every donation collected here will deliver a $50 grocery gift cards to a local school family dealing with hunger. Here are a couple more comments from the campaign this spring:
“We cannot tell you how much this helps. When we get back on our feet again we will pay it forward.”
“Thank you for not forgetting us.”
Our community stepped up big time this spring. In particular, acknowledgment goes to Kirkland Rotary ($11,700), Kirkland Kiwanis ($4000), and Ithna-asheri Muslim Association of the Northwest ($10,000) for their donations.
KNN also extends their gratitude to local businesses for their support. Stuart McLeod and Hector’s Restaurant (and McLeod Group, Inc) donated $20,000 cash and then an additional $20,000+ of the profits from restaurant sales during the “Take Out” phase of business during the last two months. Greg Shugarts and FASTSIGNS donated 50% of all sales of printed “Thank You First Responders” signs to Nourishing Network.
KNN also appreciates the support of Kirkland Parks and Community Foundation for collecting contributions for KNN through their web site, which enabled donations to be tax deductible and matched by corporate matching gift programs.
KNN coordinator Lynette Apley said, “From donors to coordinators to school counselors to recipients…we are ALL a part of Kirkland Nourishing Network and you are appreciated. Our heartfelt thank you!”
For more than seven years, Kirkland Nourishing Network has brought together people throughout Kirkland to address hunger in our community by providing nutritious food during long school breaks to families who depend on school meal programs. For more information visit http://kirklandnourishingnetwork.org.