Hello and Welcome to Team Blaine's WFR Page!
Blaine Memorial UMC has a very special connection to the Walk for Rice because in 1990, Herb and Bertha Tsuchiya, and (Blaine’s very own) Sam Mitsui, wanted to create a way everyone could help feed the community. Sadly, Sam Mitsui passed away in March 2019, but Team Blaine will continue our wfforts to raise money for ACRS to honor Sam's contributions in helping start the Walk For Rice 30 years ago.
This year, ACRS is launching Walk for Rice online only instead of hosting the event at Seward Park, to ensure everyone’s safety during the global pandemic health crisis. While the event location has changed, the ACRS Food Bank’s need for our help is greater than ever.
In response to COVID-19, ACRS has shifted food bank operations from walk-in distribution to home deliveries, providing emergency food in the safest way possible. With help from community partners and volunteers, ACRS Food Bank is currently delivering 1,200 bags of groceries and 1,300 culturally familiar meals weekly to seniors and those in need, and the demand is growing.
This year, despite the economic uncertainties arising due to the pandemic, Team Blaine is hoping to raise $3,000 to assist ACRS in its grocery and meal deliveries!
Here are a few facts to explain why ACRS needs our help:
- 380 tons: The ACRS Food Bank is one of the busiest food banks in King County, distributing more than 380 tons of food in 2018.
- More than 5,525 clients rely on the Food Bank's nutritious food staples and groceries each year. Because so many clients are repeat visitors, ACRS also receives the most total visits out of any food bank in Puget Sound. Most of their clients come from low-income, AAPI households.
- 56%: More than half of the ACRS Food Bank clients are children under 18 or seniors over 65.
While I will miss walking with Team Blaine in Seward Park this year, I hope you are all doing well and staying safe.
Thank you in advance for supporting this important community resource! Every grain of rice and every dollar counts!
Justine Ing, Team Captain