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Bartell Drugs launches ‘Stock the Pantry’ food drive

All 57 locations of Bartell Drugs, including 120 N. 85th St. in Greenwood, kicked off their “Stock the Pantry” food drive today.

This two-week food drive helps Northwest Harvest replenish food stocks during summer months–when families that normally depend on free or reduced-price school meals may struggle to provide those meals at home.

Some “kid-friendly” food item suggestions include tuna, instant oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, cheese crackers, applesauce and canned fruit in individual serving sizes.

FAST FACTS:

  • Last year 16,767 pounds of food donations were contributed by Bartell customers. This year the goal is 25,000 pounds of food donations.
  • Only 2 out of 5 low-income children who receive a school lunch also receive a lunch in the summer months. – Western Region Anti-Hunger Consortium
  • Children from food-insecure households suffer two to four times as many physical health problems as their peers as well as more behavioral, emotional, and cognitive disorders.
  • 16% (approximately 226,000) of Washington’s children under 18 live below the federal poverty level. – American Community Survey, 2006 and Washington Kids Count, 2009

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