The Bird is the Word – Seattle Turkey Trot Registration Open Now

Now that the Election is over, the bird is the word and we can turn our thoughts to Thanksgiving! And, what better way to prep for your Thanksgiving meal than to burn some calories in advance at the family-friendly Seattle Turkey Trot.

The Thanksgiving-themed 5K fun-run/walk takes place in Ballard, but draws participants from all over Seattle with proceeds benefitting the Ballard Food Bank. Last year, over 2,000 people did the Turkey Trot, raising more than $38,000 for the Ballard Food Bank. Even more trotters are expected this year and the $25 early-bird registration is a sweet deal available through Tuesday, November 13th. Registrations received after Tuesday will run $30 up to day of the Trot.

The Seattle Turkey Trot was started by Ballardites Erin Fortier, Matt Ramme, and John O’Brien – with Erin sharing a family tradition with Seattle: “In my family it was a tradition to go for a run on Thanksgiving morning. It was a way to spend time with family on the holidays and feel better about all the food we’d be eating for the rest of the day.”

So, are you looking for a fun pre-Thanksgiving feast event? Then run or walk the Turkey Trot, raise money for the Ballard Food Bank, and get a free T-shirt! Plus, dogs are welcome – see FAQ for rules on bringing you pup, as well as how to get your T-shirt (it’s strongly advised that you pick up your shirt the day prior as it’s a first-come, first-served situation).

Key Details:
What: 6th Annual Seattle Turkey Trot 5K fun-run or walk,
When: Thanksgiving, Nov 22, 9am
Where: Ballard – starts at 32nd Ave NW and NW 85th St, ends at Golden Gardens
Cost: $25 Early Registration by Nov 13th; $30 registration post-Nov 13th
Notes: All proceeds benefit the Ballard Food Bank

Queen Anne clinic donates 600 lbs of food

The local Queen Anne Medical Weight Loss donated 600 pounds of food to the Ballard Food Bank on Thursday, May 26, in honor of the first 600 pounds lost by clinic clients. And according to the Ballard Food Bank executive director Nancy McKinney, the bulk donation came a time when it was very much needed – donations typically come in during the holiday season and taper off after, “But food is always needed by people in our neighborhood. And it’s been a particularly difficult year,” Nancy says.

“The food drive was a win-win project,” QAMQL program director Brian Grev said in a press release. “We got the idea from one of our patients who collected 100 pounds of food from friends and neighbors to celebrate her considerable success – now over 100 pounds lost.”

Learn more about Queen Anne Medical Weight Loss, a division of Queen Anne Medical Associates, PLLC., at its website.

Queen Anne Scouts go “Scouting for Food”

Queen Anne’s Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts are once again going “Scouting for Food,” an annual food drive put on by The Boy Scouts of America. The event is put on every March because food banks are historically at their lowest levels between the more traditional food drive times of Christmas and Easter, and in the greatest need.

This Saturday, March 19, scouts will be canvassing Queen Anne homes, leaving door hangers with information about hunger in the community and soliciting for donations of food, toiletries and diapers. The scouts will then return next Saturday, March 26, to pick up all donations. Those interested in making a donation should leave bags or boxes with donated items on their doorsteps, clearly marked with the words “Scouting for Food” or the door hanger taped in a visible place. All donations will go to the Queen Anne Helpline and Ballard Food Bank.

Last year the Queen Anne scouts raised over 1,050 pounds of foods for both organizations. For information on recommended donation items, see the Ballard Food Bank’s wish list. For more information on Scouting for Food and how to get involved, click here.

Queen Anne Cub & Boy Scouts “Scouting for Food” event collects 1,050 lbs of food

Last week the Queen Anne Cub Scouts (Troops 70 & 72) went “Scouting for Food,” collecting donated food and toiletries in an annual drive for local food banks. After collecting over 600 pounds of food last year, the scouts set their sights a little higher, aiming to reach 1,000 in the 2010 drive.

Between the two troops, the scouts were able to collect over 800 pounds of donations, which when paired with the 250 pounds collected by the Queen Anne Boy Scouts, added up to over 1,050 pounds!

According to scout parent and 2010 Scouting for Food campaign co-chair Mary Chapman, the majority of the food was donated to the Ballard Food Bank, and another 100 pounds of food and toiletries were given to the Queen Anne Helpline. Chapman wrote,

The Ballard Food Bank thanked the Queen Anne Scouts profusely, saying that their food supplies are very low this time of year.  Recently the Ballard Food Bank has had double the number of requests for assistance – up to 1,400 families a month – compared to an average of 700 just two years ago.

Thanks to the Scouts and their parents for putting this drive together, and to everyone who donated!

(Photo credit: John Hogan)

Queen Anne Cub Scouts go Scouting for Food, collecting doorstep donations March 20

Don’t be surprised if you notice a little something extra on your doorstep today. The Queen Anne Cub Scouts from Troops 70 and 72 will be walking through the neighborhood on assigned routes from 9 a.m. to noon placing door hangers on homes as part of their annual Scouting for Food drive.

The hangers will provide information on hunger in the community and ask for those who can to leave donations of food and toiletries on their porches by 10 a.m. next Saturday, March 20, when the scouts will come back to collect, weight and deliver them to the Queen Anne Helpline and Ballard Food Bank.

“In 2009 the food drive brought in over 600 pounds of donations. Our goal this year is to exceed 1,000 pounds of donations,” wrote scout parent and 2010 Scouting for Food campaign co-chair Mary Chapman. “The Queen Anne Helpline and Ballard Food Bank are especially in need this year to help hundreds of local households make ends meet as a result of the current economic situation.”

(Thanks to Mary for the tip and the picture!)