Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Abandoned grocery carts to provide food for needy

The abandoned grocery carts that we so often see scattered in our neighborhood are being adopted for a unique holiday event to collect food for the North Helpline Food Bank —and turned into works of art.

Carts will be decorated by neighborhood organizations such as nonprofits, block watch groups, businesses and other neighborhood groups. The decorated Art Carts will serve as food donation stations while displayed at local businesses and at the annual Lake City Chamber Holiday in the Park event on December 7th at the Lake City Mini Park (see flyer below).

The decorated Art Carts will be judged at the December 7th event with two awards given out — the People's Choice Award and the Judges Choice Award.

Carts will be rounded up and distributed by volunteers to participating organizations on November 12th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lake City Mini Park.

The Olympic Hills neighborhood has plenty of stray carts on our roadside pathways begging to be turned into art, so maybe a few entries from our community organization would be appropriate —and fun.

If you would like more information or want to volunteer please email LCCommunityCouncil@gmail.com

Aside from this unique and innovative event, grocery carts are expensive and businesses will usually come retrieve them. Here are contact numbers for our neighborhood grocery stores.

Bartell Drugs   206-362-7571
Fred Meyer     206-440-2433
Grocery Outlet  206-971-0192
Safeway 206-306-0504

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