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Bartell Drugs partners with Food Lifeline for "Bartell's Community Food Drive" beginning May 28

 

May 23, 2012



Bartell Drugs' <http://www.bartelldrugs.com/>

tradition of helping to fight hunger in the Puget Sound

area continues with the 2012 launch of "Bartell's

Community Food Drive," a new community partnership with

Food Lifeline. <http://www.foodlifeline.org/>

Scheduled for May 28 to June 10, "Bartell's Community

Food Drive" focuses on replenishing local food banks in

the summer months when families that normally depend on

free or reduced-price school meals may struggle to

provide healthy meals at home.

Some food item suggestions include tuna, instant

oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, cheese

crackers, applesauce and canned fruit. Other suggested

items include baby formula, diapers, baby food (boxes

or plastic tubs only) and personal care items such as

toothpaste, tooth brushes, tissues, shampoo and

conditioner, soap and feminine hygiene products.

Throughout the two-week drive, all 58 Bartell Drugs

locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties will

be accepting non-perishable food and other suggested

donation items. Since 2009, Bartell Drugs' leadership

role in summer food drives has generated over 60,000

pounds of food for local food banks.

"For many families, dealing with food hardship is an

ongoing challenge, and the need becomes more acute

during the summer months when children are at home,"

said Bartell Drugs Chairman & CEO George D. Bartell.

"With the support of our customers, we hope to fill a

very important need in the communities we serve."

According to "Map the Meal Gap-Child Food Insecurity

2011,"

<http://foodlifeline.org/hunger/resources/index.html> a

recent study conducted by Feed America, 23% of children

are at risk of hunger in Washington State. Many are

unsure of the source of their next meal.

Seattle-based Bartell Drugs owns and operates 58 stores

throughout King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

Family-owned since 1890, it is the oldest family-owned

drugstore chain in the United States.

For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit

http://www.bartelldrugs.com

 

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