SEATTLE, Feb. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For more than 100 food- and housing-insecure students in the Tukwila School District, weekends aren't about sleeping in or hanging out with friends. Weekends mean long, hungry hours until school re-opens and they can again count on receiving wholesome, nourishing meals at school.
To help bridge the gap, the Tukwila School District's Weekend SnackPack Program provides ready-to-eat single-serving foods to students who qualify for its McKinney-Vento (homeless) assistance program. Inspirus Credit Union – near Westfield Southcenter Mall at 5200 Southcenter Blvd. – has just partnered with Weekend SnackPack as a food dropoff site. A collection bin has been set up in its lobby for non-perishable donations. Doors are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.
Donation choices include oatmeal packets, individual-serving cereal boxes, juice boxes, canned or pouch-sealed tuna and chicken, ramen soups, instant noodle soups, macaroni and cheese, granola bars, and fruit cups, as well as travel-sized toothbrushes and toothpaste, individually wrapped plastic ware, and sanitizing hand wipes. Due to allergy concerns, all donations should be nut-free.
Inspirus joins three other Weekend SnackPack dropoff sites: Tukwila City Hall, 6300 Building, Southcenter Blvd.; Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave. S.; and Thrift It!, 14404 51st Ave. S. You can donate money online at gofundme.com/TukSnackPack.
Inspirus employees also are donating freshly laundered, gently used clothing and packaged new socks and underwear to the district's McKinney-Vento students.
"Inspirus celebrates the power of education to transform lives," said President Scott Adkins. "But it's hard for children to focus on school when they're wondering 'What will I eat today?' or 'Will I have clean clothes to wear to school on Monday?' Our partnership with Tukwila's Weekend SnackPack Program gives our members and the community a convenient way to make a difference for kids who desperately need our help."
About Inspirus Credit Union
Founded in 1936 by a Seattle math and journalism teacher, Inspirus serves about 80,000 members across Washington who share a passion for education. With $1 billion in assets, Inspirus operates branches in Seattle and Spokane. Its philanthropy model includes education-giveback programs that allow members to direct charitable contributions to schools in their communities. Employees also donate upwards of 800 volunteer hours a year in support of education. In addition, Community Education Representatives provide free financial seminars, professional development, and recognition to school employees statewide. For more information, visit inspirusCU.org.
SOURCE Inspirus Credit Union