Bellevue, Washington is a suburban Seattle community, directly south of Microsoft and home to 124,000 people. Well kept neighborhoods surround a growing downtown which now boasts many skyscrapers. Luxury shopping centers, night spots, beautiful parks and excellent educational and city services make this a great place to live. Yet even here, child hunger is evident. The reality is that Bellevue School District estimates 185 homeless students and 3,828 students on free or reduced lunch. 60 students need extra food every week during the school year so they don’t come to school hungry.
Holy Cross Church is assisting with a backpack program in conjunction with Bellevue schools to make sure that students get a backpack of kid appropriate foods to take home on the weekends. Every young person’s situation is different. Some kids are “couch surfing”, staying with another family, some children have parents who can’t provide for whatever reason. Last year, we started a pilot program of 30 students to receive the backpacks. This year it was expanded to 60. The meals have been worked out with a nutritionist, and the foods sent are those that are easy for young people to prepare with only a microwave. Because of this, very specific food items are needed.
If you would like to help, a monetary donation of $12 per student per week is being sought. If you can help, please call Jan Starr at Holy Cross Church, 425-746-4848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if you would like to donate food items, please email for a list of approved foods.