Open Kitchen asking the community to lend a hand | Letter

Open Kitchen partners with the City of Redmond, Hopelink, local businesses, local elementary schools and most importantly individual community donors to provide lunches during the summer months for kids who rely on free and reduced lunches during the school year.

The Redmond Summer Lunch Program is 100 percent funded by community donations.

This summer marks our fourth year providing lunches to kids in need. Open Kitchen organizes all food donations and volunteer lunch-makers, Hopelink fills in the food gaps, and the City of Redmond provides daily programming at a local park where the lunches are distributed.

For summer 2017, our early numbers indicate that the need is higher than the 2,000 lunches we anticipated. To help us meet the growing need, we need financial help from the community. Monies raised will be used to purchase food and supplies for the lunch program. Here’s how you can help:

Drop off or send a check or Costco grocery card to:

Redmond United Methodist Church

c/o Summer Lunch Program

16540 NE 80th Street

Redmond, WA 98052

*Checks payable to Open Kitchen (memo line Summer Lunch Program)

*The Redmond United Methodist Church office is open from 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Friday

Make a non-perishable in-kind donation: Granola bars, jam, nuts, dried fruit, crackers, pretzels and finger-friendly cereal (Cheerios, Life, Puffins).

Your donation will help fill a lunch bag with a sandwich, fruit or vegetable, a granola bar and snack mix.

Thank you for helping us strengthen our community one child at a time!

Redmond Summer Lunch Program team

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