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Help local schools, hungry kids, at 2 neighborhood fundraisers

March 5th, 2013 by Doree

Tonight is Phinney Market Pub & Eatery’s weekly Trivia Night, with the winning team receiving $100 for the school of their choice. Trivia starts at 8:30 p.m. at 5918 Phinney Ave. N.

And from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Chuck’s Hop Shop’s Good Cause Beer Tasting will benefit the Hunger Intervention Program at Viewlands Elementary, in North Greenwood/Crown Hill.

For a donation of your choice, you can sample some great beers from Pelican Brewery and support HIP while you are at it. We are raising money for our Healthy HIP Packs program, which sends home nutritious foods with 60 kids at risk of hunger each weekend. We have a goal to grow this program to feed 120 children every weekend and you can drink beer to help us do that. HIP Cookbooks, a true collector’s item, will also be available for sale.

No reservations required. Just bring yourself and a friend to Chuck’s Hop Shop at 656 NW 85th St. on March 6th from 6 – 8 pm. Kids are welcome at Chuck’s too! Caravan Crepes will be on hand and Chuck’s serves ice cream as well.

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Hunger Intervention Program expands Healthy Food Backpacks Program to Viewlands Elementary

February 8th, 2013 by Doree

The Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) provides backpacks full of healthy, kid-friendly foods to 40 North Seattle elementary school children each weekend. Starting on Feb. 22, HIP will expand the program to two more elementary schools, including Viewlands, 10525 3rd Ave. NW.

Viewlands has one of the highest numbers of children in the district relying on free or reduced price school meals.

The Healthy HIP Packs Program is a food backpack program that provides meals for children at risk of hunger when they are out of school. Each Friday, backpacks are discretely filled with enough food for six meals and two snacks per child and include information on nutrition and community resources… (T)he foods included in the pack are complete meals and emphasizes whole grains, milk, high quality proteins, fresh fruits, and products with no added sugars.

“We always welcome donated funds as well as donations of healthy, quality foods that can be included in the HIP Packs,” added Murphy. “If anyone is interested in hosting a food drive, we can provide information to do so. We know that hungry kids can’t learn and this program directly delivers food to where it is needed most.”

Donors have provided HIP with enough money to provide weekend food for up to 20 children at each of the two new schools. HIP hopes to increase that to 40 children at each school every week by the end of the next school year.

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Viewlands Elementary students collecting food for Holiday Food Boxes for students in need

November 3rd, 2012 by Doree

Students at Viewlands Elementary, 10525 3rd Ave. NW, are collecting food in each classroom and partnering with Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) and local businesses to create Holiday Food Boxes for fellow students in need. Participating businesses include Starbucks, QFC, and Lenny’s Produce Market.

The students will pack up the boxes on Nov. 14; the boxes will be distributed to students in need before Thanksgiving.

“The Hunger Intervention Program is pleased to support Viewlands Elementary and hopes to offer weekly food support to students in 2013 through our Healthy HIP Packs program,” Kate Murphy, HIP Program Manager, said in a press release. “The Healthy HIP Packs program provides food when children need it most – on the weekends when the safety net of school meals is not available. The packs provide nutritious and kid-friendly foods sufficient for six meals and two snacks per child.”

According to the press release, one in four Washington children live in households where families are struggling to make ends meet; and Viewlands Elementary has one of the highest free and reduced price school meal participation rates in North Seattle.

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