This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.
September may have been national Hunger Action Month, but in Pierce County, November is when the action gets into high gear.
Contributions are especially important this year. The 67 Pierce County food banks, meal sites and shelters have experienced a record amount of need that will only increase during the upcoming holidays.
By the end of September, they had had 1 million client visits – 60,000 more than in 2011, says Emergency Food Network executive director Helen McGovern. She notes that many of those clients are picking up food for an entire family, so the actual number of people needing assistance is even greater. Children home from school over the holidays won’t be getting their free and reduced-price meals, putting yet more pressure on low-income families.
In weeks to come, several worthy events offer opportunities to help the hungry by either donating food or cash. The EFN can distribute $12 worth of food with each $1 donated.
Please consider taking part in at least one of the following events:
• Vessels: This juried art show and auction at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 gives participants a chance to bid on three-dimensional artwork, with half the proceeds going to the artists and half to EFN. The $25 admission includes wine and hors d’oeuvres. The event is held at the Charles Wright Academy Performing Arts Center.
• Empty Bowls: This hugely popular event will be held the day after Vessels, Nov. 17, at Charles Wright from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The purchase of a locally crafted bowl – think holiday gifts! – enables you to try soups from several different local restaurants. Proceeds go to the EFN.
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