Kirkland Food Cards for School Closure

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we will be distributing grocery cards to needy families instead of boxes of food. 

Please go to https://kpcf.org/projects/kirkland-nourishing-network-school-closure-donations/ to donate! We’re partnering with Kirkland Parks and Community Foundation for this next phase of donations. Since KPCF is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit, donors may have more flexibility with their donations to KNN than before, including tax deductability and corporate matching gift programs.

UPDATE: Since the state has mandated that school buildings remain closed for the rest of this school year, we’re planning to continue distributing grocery cards to food insecure students. To that end, we’ve updated both the financial goal and end date of this campaign. If we’re able to raise the entire $110,000, we can provide grocery cards to all of our targeted families every few weeks through June. Thank you for making it possible for us to distribute the first few rounds of grocery cards already!

Thank you for helping some of our Kirkland school children and their families during this unprecedented school closure! We work with school counselors to identify the most food-insecure students and families. Simply put, Kirkland Nourishing Network is trying to fill some gaps in food security in our town….while we also seek more sustainable solutions for these kids and their families.

Kirkland Nourishing Network is YOU and your neighbors pitching in. Together we can make this a success well beyond what any one of us could do alone. So, PLEASE tell your friends about this project. We are striving to help families in EVERY KIRKLAND SCHOOL THAT HAS A NEED: all elementary schools, Kamiakin, Finn Hill and Rose Hill middle schools, and Juanita High.

We believe in you. We believe in the hundreds of people who will step up and say, “I’ll help.”

Thanks to our generous Kirkland community (THAT’S YOU!), we have already distributed over $40,000 worth of grocery cards to support these families! As the school closure continues, so does the need!

In normal circumstances, we would collect hundreds of food boxes and distribute them to needy families a couple of days before the school break starts. That’s not practical during this COVID-19 outbreak, but we still want to help those families during this closure. So instead of collecting and distributing food boxes, we are collecting monetary donations, buying grocery gift cards, and distributing them to the same families who would have normally received food boxes.

If you’d like to help, please donate through Kirkland Parks and Community Foundation at https://kpcf.org/projects/kirkland-nourishing-network-school-closure-donations/. A typical box of food costs about $50, so please consider donating at least that amount (or $50 times the number of boxes you would donate). Any size donation is appreciated.

KNN volunteers purchase the grocery cards for distribution to those students and their families identified by school teachers and counselors. We’ll use your donations to buy as many grocery cards as possible. We have already distributed one round of grocery cards, and plan to continue distributing as many as our donations will allow.

Though KNN is a network of individuals and not a registered charity, Kirkland Parks and Community Foundation is partnering with us for this next phase of donations. Since KPCF is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, donations made through this site are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law and may be eligible for corporate matching gift programs.