Yakima food banks prep for Kids for Cans donations after thousand of pounds collected

YAKIMA, Wash.--The Kids for Cans food drive is wrapping up after another successful year in the valley and the food will be distributed during a much needed time for local food banks who're struggling with their supply.

"[It's the] KIMA Kids for Cans school food drive challenge [and] challenge was my takeaway for this year," said Northwest Harvest community engagement manager Sheri Bissell.

It wasn't easy but thanks to donations made at local schools, Kids for Cans reached impressive numbers.

"The Kids for Cans program I know brings an awareness that particularly this time of the year is tough," said Yakima Rotary Food Bank community coordinator Reverend Eric Don Anderson.

With Northwest Harvest celebrating their 50th year of fighting hunger, leaders hoped Kids for Can would set records.

Over 46-thousand pounds were donated this year from a record 28 local schools.

It didn't pass the 54-thousand pound record from last year.

But this year's total holds extra meaning considering the weather many people had to endure.

"That makes the 46-thousand pounds even more of a blessing as well with all of the late days, the closed days with the snow and then of course with the clients, those that need it," Bissell said.

One place trying to keep up with that need is the Yakima Rotary Food Bank.

"Our resources as far as what we've been able to bring in has not as high as it has been in past years," Anderson said.

They're one of over a dozen Yakima area food banks that benefit from Kids for Cans donations.

Records have even been broken during their recent distribution.

Not long ago, they set a mark of over 600 food boxes handed out to families in just one day.

"Average on Fridays is 10 tons that leaves this building and we've gone 11 and 12 tons in the last three weeks," Anderson said.

But reinforcements are on the way, in the form of donated food from some generous young people.

"I hope all the people that have participated in it feel enriched by it," added Anderson.

KIMA will be announcing the winning school for this year's Kids for Cans food drive at a later date.

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