KING 5's 17th annual Home Team Harvest event, benefiting Northwest Harvest, kicked off early Saturday around Western Washington. This year the goal is to raise enough funds and donations to provide five million meals for families in need in Washington state. Right now in Washington, 1 in 5 children struggles with hunger.

KING 5 partners Safeway and Albertsons made a generous donation of $250,000, which raises about one million meals for those hungry families. Many others have been coming out and making donations of their own, showing their support for a great cause.

You can continue to donate online, through text, or by buying a $10 Hunger Bag at your local Safeway or Albertsons, through December.

Northwest Harvest does tremendous work throughout the state in a variety of areas, including working with more than 375 local food banks and meal programs, as well as high-needs schools.

One of the many things that the organization does every single week is their Sandwich Brigade. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning volunteers pack the kitchen at their headquarters in Seattle and make sandwiches for the hungry.

That is just one of the areas where Northwest Harvest helps out.

NW Harvest is able to buy white rice, beans, oats, pasta and tomato products in bulk, so they encourage the following donations (ranked in importance)

GENERAL FOOD ITEMS

  • Beef stew, chili and similar meals with low salt/sugar/saturated fats
  • Canned fruit (especially low sugar)
  • Canned fish or meat
  • Peanut butter (plastic jars are preferred)
  • Brown rice
  • Whole grain pastas
  • Canned tomato sauces
  • Shelf-stable milk

INFANT AND BABY FOODS

  • Baby Formula
  • Jars of baby food
  • Powdered or canned milk
  • Infant cereal
  • Baby diapers