Welcome to Team Blaine's Walk for Rice page!
As you may know, Blaine UMC has a very special connection to the Walk for Rice because 27 years ago, in 1990, Sam Mitsui, and Herb and Bertha Tsuchiya, wanted to create a way everyone could help feed the community. The first ever Walk for Rice raised $2,500 with 45 walkers.
This year, ACRS' goal is to raise $346,000 in support of their Food Bank. Our Team goal is to raise $5,000 for the ACRS Food Bank! This is enough to allow ACRS to buy over 2,700 pounds of rice.
Here are some facts to explain why ACRS needs our help:
1,009,224 pounds. The ACRS Food Bank is one of the busiest food banks in King County, distributing more than 1 million pounds of food in 2016.
5,294 clients relied on the Food Bank's nutritious food staples and groceries in 2016. Because so many clients are repeat visitors, ACRS also receives the most total visits out of any food bank in Puget Sound.
700 sq. feet. ACRS does all this despite having one of the smallest facilities – a portable construction trailer on King Street, under the I-5 bridge.
54%: More than half of the ACRS Food Bank clients are children under the age of 18 or seniors over 65.
Low or Very Low Income: The vast majority of people served by the ACRS Food Bank and our nutrition programs qualify as "Low" or "Very Low" income according to HUD guidelines.
$2 million: The amount of money Walk for Rice has raised for the ACRS Food Bank and our nutrition programs over 26 years. Proceeds allow ACRS to buy rice, tofu, fresh fruit, vegetables, proteins and other foods for clients.
EACH BAG OF RICE, EACH DOLLAR, AND EACH PERSON EDUCATED ABOUT THE IMPACT OF HUNGER IS A STEP TOWARDS ENDING IT.
Thanks, and hope to see some of you on June 24th at Seward Park!
Justine Ing, Team Captain