In the United States, there are over 35 million Americans who live in households without enough food. This includes nearly 3 million elderly persons and over 9 million children. America’s Second Harvest Network gathers and distributes more than 2 billion pounds of food and grocery products to more than 200 food banks and food-rescue organizations in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico every year.
Bellevue residents can make a difference. Bring your food donation to Bellevue Macy’s Customer Service area during Macy’s 2007 Bag Hunger Campaign June 5 – 25 or make a cash or check donation to be applied to food purchases. Federated-Macy’s will match any personal monetary donation of $25 or more, doubling your contribution.
Serving as Chairwoman of the food drive for the second year in a row is Christian Activities.com publisher, Kathryn Darden. “Last year our Bag Hunger event was the first campaign we did for Macy’s Partners in Time program, and we exceeded our goal. I am honored to be asked to chair the event again this year and hope we can help families in our community with another successful food drive this June,” says Darden.
The goal set by the Macy’s corporate office for the Bellevue store in 2006 was 2,814 pounds. The actual amount of food collected by the Bellevue Hecht’s-Macy’s lat year was 3,625 pounds, according to Partners In Time Coordinator, Mary Ellen Aurelius. “We surpassed our goal by 129%,” states Aurelius.
While many people traditionally associate donations to Second Harvest with the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, it is important to remember that millions of children who get a hot meal during the school year will miss that meal during the summer months. “Those meals that are so important to the nourishment of these young kids are not available in the summer because school’s out,” Mary Ellen Aurelius points out. Aurelius notes that the items most needed include: canned fruits, canned meats, dried beans and rice, macaroni and cheese and peanut butter.
The Bellevue Macy’s will be working to surpass their goal of 2,814 pounds of food again this year during the month of June for distribution to local families. Your donation can help make that a reality. Contributions of canned goods and money will be accepted in the Customer Service area of the store, next to the Salon on the 2nd level through June 25. Call 615-646-5500 for more information.
Photo: Peggy Morrison, Terry Patton, Mark Henderson, Kathryn Darden – Bag Hunger Chairwoman, Mary Ellen Aurelius – Partners in Time Coordinator, and Ruth Domagalla stand next to one of the food barrels Bellevue Macy filled last year.
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