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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Lake Washington Optimist Club is on call this summer

A question that we frequently hear, "What do Optimist Clubs do?" requires an answer that is unique to every club. Yes, Optimist Clubs provide community service with an emphasis on projects that benefit children, but they do so much more based on the needs of their community at any given time.

The Lake Washington Optimist Club in Kirkland, Washington was just recognized by their local community for helping to meet an exceptional need. By answering a request from HopeLink.org, the Lake Washington Optimist Club agreed to be on call to provide up to 20 sack lunches on a 24-hour notice to the summer feeding program. 


Based on children who receive free or reduced lunch during the school year, the program serves children throughout the school districts in north and east King County. About 100 children receive lunches each day in the Lake Washington area, but due to federal regulations the program can't prepare extra meals for the days when more children show. By committing to provide those lunches on short notice, the Lake Washington Optimist Club is making sure that no child goes home hungry. 

Now that's an example of what Optimist Clubs do!