Feeding 60 people on $300 per year

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by JOE FRYER / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on December 1, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 13 at 11:25 AM

KENT, Wash. -- In this economy, the need for services has never been higher for Northwest Harvest. That's why this Saturday's Home Team Harvest is so important.

Toni Forbes organizes the kitchen for the Aloha Inn, a transitional home in Seattle. Each week, she comes to Northwest Harvest's Kent warehouse to pick up food for her 60-plus residents as part of the Seattle meal program.

"My food budget is $300 a year. So, 98 percent of our food comes from food banks," said Forbes.

She stocks up on protein, vegetables and plenty of pastries. Those are important because many at the home are recovering from drug or alcohol abuse.

"Anybody in recovery, from drugs or whatever, craves sugar. So, if I don't have a lot of sweets at my house, I'm liable to have a riot," said Forbes.

This food program runs Tuesday through Friday every week and helps missions, soup kitchens and other programs catering to the needy. For the Aloha Inn, this week's food run was actually quite hefty.

"It used to pretty much always be like that, but within the last year, sometimes things have been a lot more scarce," said Jo Wolfe with Aloha Inn.

Toni knows those ups and downs well. She was a resident 10 years ago.

"It's extremely important to homeless people that are on the streets," said Forbes.

The Aloha Inn says protein is always the toughest thing to find. On Wedneseday, they were lucky enough to get salmon patties through Northwest Harvest.

Click here to find out how you can donate to Home Team Harvest

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