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South Kitsap Helpline needs fresh produce to complete Thanksgiving baskets

Jennifer Hardison of South Kitsap Helpline submitted this press release to our website. Donations are down this year, she says, and the same is probably true outside of South Kitsap.

Here’s Jennifer:

“PORT ORCHARD — The South Kitsap Helpline Food Bank in Port Orchard is preparing to distribute Thanksgiving food baskets on Nov. 21st and 22nd to the more than 1,100 local families who have signed up with our agency for assistance. Because funding is very limited this year, we are unable to afford to purchase fresh, bulk produce for our baskets.

We are having a fresh produce drive to help bring in items like fresh carrots, celery, yams, sweet potatoes, baking potatoes, onions, apples, oranges and tangerines to be distributed to those in need locally. If you would like to help, please drop produce off at the South Kitsap Helpline, located at 1012 Mitchell Avenue in Port Orchard on Fri., Nov 18th from 10:30 am -3:30 pm or on Sat. the 19th from 9 am -2 pm.

If you are unable to bring produce but would like to help, you can donate securely online to assist with the purchase of necessary food items. Please visit www.skhelpline.org and click the “donate now” button. To mail in a donation, please send to the South Kitsap Helpline Food Bank, 1012 Mitchell Avenue, Port Orchard WA 98366. Our food bank helps to provide food to more than 50,000 local children, adults and seniors in our community annually. For more information, please call 360-876-4089. Thank you for your support!”

Heads Up: Thanksgiving at MoonDogs

Well now, ya can’t beat this deal. For the fourth year in a row, Darryl Baldwin and the staff of MoonDogs Too will host a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for $1. Baldwin and his staff have put on the spread – cooked on site and featuring local meats, produce and breads – since 2007.

Proceeds go to South Kitsap Helpline, and yes, you can give more than $1 if you’re so moved. In fact, please do. Last year, MoonDogs raised more than $1,500 and collected more than 500 pounds of nonperishable food. (Due to Helpline’s move to the Port Orchard Nursery property, they can’t accept clothing this year.)

MoonDogs will be collecting donations for Helpline through Dec. 31.

In 2009, the dinner drew 350 guests. Baldwin is expecting 450 this year. “Every year we’ve doubled,” he said.

As we reported in 2009, volunteers from the community help make the buffet dinner a success. Baldwin has enough helpers for Thanksgiving, but he’s still recruiting volunteers for an encore Christmas dinner.

Oh, and if you need a ride to MoonDogs, just give the restaurant a jingle before the day of the dinner, and they’re make arrangements.

Thanksgiving dinner is 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 25 at MoonDogs, Too, 714 Bay St., Port Orchard; (360) 895) 2300.

Chris Henry, reporter