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Helpline issues plea for food

Helpline House is seeking donations to meet the unprecedented demand at the food bank.

“Last Friday, we had no cereal except for two packets of instant oatmeal; today, food bank workers had no peanut butter to put in food orders,” said Helpline executive director Joanne Tews in a Sept. 5 news release.

“We predict that this increase in use will continue through the next four to six months and maybe beyond.”

In July, Helpline’s food bank filled 1,420 food orders for 648 individuals, two-thirds of them children.

A critical need exists for proteins and other staples, as well as foods for children. These items include dry cereal, tuna, canned soups, stews and chili, macaroni and cheese, canned fruit and peanut butter.

Monetary donations are also welcome, “as it gives us flexibility to fill in the gaps of donated food,” Tews said.

Helpline is encouraging churches, youth organizations and other community groups to consider collecting a particular food or organizing a neighborhood food drive.

Contact Helpline’s food bank managers, Marilyn or Clara, at 842-7621 ext. 12 or hlvols@bainbridge.net for recommendations on which foods are particularly needed at the time.

In response to Helpline’s appeal, the Bainbridge Island/North Kitsap Interfaith Council will hold a food drive emphasizing children’s food and other high-demand items on Sept. 19 at Safeway and Town and Country.

Donations are also welcome at Helpline House from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: 842-7621.

WIB to hold Sept. 11 vigil

Women In Black invite the community to gather on Sept. 11 in solemn remembrance of victims of violence all over the world.

WIB will stand in a special silent vigil from 5-8 a.m. Thursday morning at the ferry dock. All are welcome – women, men and children, in any dress and for any part of the time. Candles are desirable but not necessary.

Information: bislandwomeninblack@hotmail.com.

Rotary starts club for youth

Rotary Interact, a service club for high school-age students, holds an informational meeting 3-5 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Bainbridge Island library. Refreshments will be provided.

Much like the “adult” Rotary club, Interact embraces the concept of “Service Above Self.” It offers youth the opportunity to be part of an international organization with its benefits of fellowship, mentoring and networking.

The goal of Interact is to involve high-school kids in community service. Interact clubs generally work on two to three projects per year, with one of these projects being an international event. Like Rotary, Interact has its own own officers, agendas, and club meetings on a regular basis.

“The Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island (is sponsoring) an Interact Club to give young adults the opportunity to be part of the Rotary Interact network worldwide, and to also acquire leadership skills that will be of value for life,” the club said in a news release.

Information: info@bainbridgeislandrotary.org.

Get rid of your oil-based paint

Dispose of your oil-based paint and garden chemicals safely during a free on-island collection drive, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20 at the public works yard at 7305 Hidden Cove Road.

Residential customers are invited to bring the following products to the collection site: oil-based paints; stains and coatings; garden chemicals. Note that containers will not be returned.

The following items cannot be accepted: latex paints, aerosol paints, household or automotive batteries, automotive products, corrosive cleaners/chemicals, and containers larger than 5 gallons.

These products can be taken to Kitsap County’s Moderate Risk Waste Collection facility. Old and used latex paint can be placed in regular garbage if the paint has solidified. To solidify latex paint, add kitty litter, mix well, and let dry until hard.

For more information about disposal of chemical waste, see www.kitsapgov.com/sw or call the Open Line at (360) 337-5777.

The Sept. 20 collection is for residential waste only; no commercial waste will be accepted.

The event is made possible by the cooperative efforts of Kitsap County Public Works, the City of Bainbridge Island, the Bainbridge Island Fire Department the Bainbridge Island Rotary Club and the Association of Bainbridge Communities.

For more information about the collection drive, call 780-3702.

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