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 own!) Sam Mitsui, wanted to create a way everyone could help feed the community. The first ever Walk for Rice raised $2,500 with 45 walkers. Sadly, Sam Mitsui passed away in March 2019, but Team Blaine is continuing our efforts to raise money for ACRS to honor Sam’s legacy in helping to start the Walk for Rice 31 years ago.
This year, ACRS is launching Walk for Rice online instead of hosting the event at Seward Park, to ensure everyone’s safety during the ongoing pandemic health crisis. While the event location has changed, the ACRS Food Bank’s need for our help is greater than ever.
Since the pandemic began in 2020, 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 2,250 bags of groceries and 2,250 culturally familiar meals weekly to seniors and those in need, and the demand is growing.
In 2020, despite the economic uncertainties from the pandemic, Team Blaine far exceeded our goal be raising over $9,400, ranking as the second highest fundraising team! This year, we've set a higher goal than in past years at $6,500, enough to allow ACRS to buy over 3,500 pounds of rice - I know we can do it!
Here are some facts to explain why ACRS needs our help:
$210,000: ACRS's 2021 fundraising goal for Walk for Rice. Proceeds will allow ACRS to buy rice, tofu, fresh fruit, Asian vegetables, proteins and other foods for clients.
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 2019.
~5,500 clients rely on the Food Bank's nutritious food staples and groceries. Because so many clients are repeat visitors, ACRS also receives the most total visits out of any food bank in Puget Sound.
57%: 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.
Please support Team Blaine by registering as a (virtual) team member and/or by making a donation to our Team Blaine page - every dollar counts!
Justine Ing, Team Blaine Captain