Contributed by Kristin Quintana:
Today, Kuk Sool Won of Menlo Park Martial Arts and Character Development Academy announced its annual fall partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank, which includes a non-perishable food drive for the entire month of September with a goal of collecting 450 pounds of food.
The 2013 Kuk Sool Won of Menlo Park Food Drive builds on last month’s teachings of charity, the powerful word of August. With this month’s powerful word being leadership, our students are taking the lead and placing a barrel for the public to join them in collecting the three barrels that is their goal.
The collection point will be the main lobby of the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center. We also have a challenge from one of our parents. If we meet our goal of three full barrels, they will donate an extra $1,000 to Second Harvest!
“When people get turned away from food stamps they turn to the Food Bank,” a Second Harvest spokesperson said.
Non-perishable, protein-rich foods such as peanut butter, granola bars and tuna fish are examples of items suitable for donation.
“The Arrillaga facilities are the public gathering place in our community, so it makes sense that the recreation center would serve as the collection point for this food drive,” said Chief Instructor Kristin Quintana.
“You don’t have to be a Kuk Sool Won student to participate in this food drive; we urge everyone to participate,” Quintana said. “In these times it’s not just who we traditionally think of as the poor who need food; it is our friends and neighbors who are out of work and are struggling to get by.”
“The 2013 Kuk Sool Won of Menlo Park Food Drive is the school’s way of making a difference in the daily lives of some of our neighbors,” Quintana said. “When our citizens are engaged, our communities are improved. This September’s food drive is a great start.”
Kris Quintana is the Chief Instructor of Kuk Sool Won™ of Menlo Park and has helped thousands of kids, teens, and adults to embrace a positive and healthy lifestyle.