A food drive to stock the shelves of local food banks before the holidays is being conducted Nov. 1-30 at TOP Food & Drug and Haggen Food & Pharmacy stores in Washington. The drive seeks to fill Mayflower moving vans stationed at the Bellevue and Tacoma TOP Food & Drug stores.Nonperishable food and cash donations will be collected for distribution to local food banks by Northwest Harvest (www.northwestharvest.org). Northwest Harvest is the only nonprofit food bank distributor operating statewide in Washington with a network of over 325 food banks, meal programs and high-need elementary schools. Northwest Harvest provides over 1.6 million meals every month to its network.
Food banks are seeking canned food high in protein, canned fruit, pasta, rice and any other non-perishable food items.
Donors also may purchase pre-stuffed bags of groceries that include tuna, macaroni and cheese, peaches, chili, green beans and pinto beans for $5 apiece at TOP Food & Drug and Haggen Food & Pharmacy stores or make donations at the cash register of $10 or $20.
Participating stores include: Snohomish TOP Food & Drug, 1301 Ave. D., and Woodinville TOP Food & Drug, 17641 Garden Way N.E.