By Aaron Lommers Herald Writer
The Washington Stealth and Northwest Harvest have teamed up once again for its annual food drive today and Saturday in Everett.
Stealth players, along with the team’s mascot Bomber the Fox, were on hand at Comcast Arena this morning to accept food items and cash donations for Northwest Harvest. They made donations as easy as possible by having commuters simply pull over to the curb and hand-off non-perishable food items to Stealth players and volunteers. Anyone making a food or cash donation received a ticket voucher for this Saturday’s home game against the Buffalo Bandits.
At Saturday’s game Stealth fans can bring food items to Comcast Arena to donate as well. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. and the game begins at 6:45 p.m.
Items most desirable are non-perishables such as tuna, chicken, chili, canned vegetables and baby food. Northwest Harvest will also accept cash donations which also go towards feeding needy families. Northwest Harvest can serve a family of three for just 67 cents.
“The need for nutritious food for families is increasing more than ever,” Stealth defenseman and team captain Kyle Sorensen said in a press release provided by the team. “People often imagine food bankds and meal programs serving only the chronic homeless. But in fact, hunger is everywhere – the working poor, families and individuals with immediate crisis such as a layoff, medical emergency, domestic violence or displacement after forced evacuation. The Stealth want to help.”
Last year, Northwest Harvest helped provide more than 28,500 meals to hungry people in Washington.
“The ongoing support of the Washington Stealth and its fans is crucial in the fight against hunger,” Andrea Flatley, Northwest Harvest’s communication manager said.