Saturday is Fight Hunger Day at Safeco Field

The Seattle Mariners are once again joining with News Talk 97.3 KIRO FM and Northwest Harvest for the annual food and donations drive at Safeco Field known as Fight Hunger Day.

On Saturday, May 31, when the Mariners take on the Detroit Tigers, volunteers will be outside all the entrances to the ballpark accepting donations of cash and non-perishable food items starting at 5:00 p.m. Game time vs. the Tigers is 7:10 p.m. Donations are also being accepted online at There is also a text option by sending "ENDHUNGER" to 80888 to make a $10 donation to Northwest Harvest (the charge will be added to your phone bill).

In Washington, one in four kids doesn't get enough to eat and during the summer months they don't have school meal programs to rely on. Every 22 cents you donate will allow Northwest Harvest to provide a meal to a hungry child in your community. Just 67 cents will feed an entire family this summer.

"Your donation during Mariners Fight Hunger Day will help fill food bank shelves across Washington," said Anthony Gomes, communications manager for Northwest Harvest. "Full shelves mean full bellies and that will give kids the energy to play ball this summer, allowing all of them the opportunity to dream big."

Suggested non-perishable food donations include oatmeal, whole grain pasta, canned vegetables, canned fruit, fish or meat, shelf-stable milk, baby formula, infant cereal, jarred baby food, powdered or canned milk.

Northwest Harvest is the only non-profit food bank distributor operating statewide in Washington with a network of more than 360 food banks, meal programs and high-need schools. Through the network, Northwest Harvest provides more than 1.9 million meals every month.

With distribution centers in western, eastern, coastal and central Washington, Northwest Harvest reaches communities across the entire state. Northwest Harvest distributed more than 30 million pounds of food last year.

The agency does not receive government funding and relies on donations from individuals, businesses, foundations and other organizations. For more information about Northwest Harvest, or to donate, call 206-625-0755 or log onto