The Asian Counseling and Referral Service will have its 23rd annual Walk for Rice this weekend in Seattle's Seward park.
Owen Lei of ACRS joined KING 5 Morning News onFriday to talk about why the event is so important for families in the area.
The Walk for Rice and the food bank are our most prominent programs, Lei said. We get about more than 5,000 unique visits a year who make a total of 100,000 visits per year. So that tells you we have a lot of repeat clientele and it's because we have a very unique distribution system where we distribute staples of the Asian Pacific Islander diet like rice or tofu, ramen, soy milk, things like that.
The food bank accepts any foods, but particularly rice. You might have a recent refugee or somebody who comes in and doesn't know what to do with a can of beans, but you give them a bag of rice and they know exactly what to do with it, Lei said.
Registration for the Walk for Rice begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday. The two-and-a-half-mile walk will loop the park with gorgeous views of Lake Washington. You can bring donations -- checks or cash are fine -- and even bags of rice or other foods.
To register or donate, or for more information, visit the Walk for Rice website.