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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, June 25, 2009

24-Hour food challenge this weekend

The 24-Hour Food Challenge, for which Bellevue teens are collecting bags of food, climaxes Saturday, when all of the 10-member teams converge on Bellevue Downtown Park to drop off the food.

To help meet unprecedented demand on local food banks, the organizers of 24-Hour Relay changed the annual event's focus to an all-community food drive. For the past 10 years, the city has hosted the 24-Hour Relay Challenge to bring youth and adults together to build bonds and raise money for youth programs, while walking around Downtown Park. 

Teams can drop off food between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the park, 10201 NE Fourth St. The food will be weighed and individuals for each participating team can earn community service hours based on the amount of food their team collects. 

The teams are invited to celebrate their accomplishments with a free hot dog lunch, team prizes and a variety of entertainment.  

The event is cosponsored by the City of Bellevue and Bellevue School District, with help from many area businesses. The Relay will return June 2010.

You can register or learn more about the New Food Challenge at the 24-Hour Relay page. Or contact Teen Services at 425-452-2846 or hstephens@bellevuewa.gov.


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