With donations to food banks down in our area, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn today urged folks to donate food, money and their time to local food banks this season.
Couple the drop in donations with an increase in the number of people needing help, the city wants to make sure no one goes hungry, McGinn said at the Pike Market Food Bank in downtown Seattle.
The number of clients coming to Seattle food banks has gone up 25 percent over the past five years, according to the Seattle food Committee. And, a recent report on hunger and homelessness by the U.S. Conference of Mayors shows a 31 percent decline in the amount of food donations in the area.
The most needed items include protein (canned tuna, chicken, peanut butter), canned fruits and vegetables, fruit juices, grains (pasta, rice, macaroni), meals in a can (canned stews, chili), soups (beef stew, chili, chicken noodle), and multigrain cereal (Cheerios, Cornflakes, Grapenuts, Raisin Bran).