Tackling hunger

Northwest Harvest LogoJim Mora has had a lot on his plate this week. But it didn’t stop the Seahawks coach from addressing the plight of those who are less fortunate.

The Seahawks are sponsoring their annual “Tackle Hunger” drive to benefit Northwest Harvest on Sunday. Fans attending the game against the Detroit Lions at Qwest Field are asked to bring nonperishable food or make cash donations. Volunteers from the Seahawks Women’s Association – including Mora’s wife, Shannon – and Northwest Harvest will be accepting donations at all gates and also in Touchdown City.

“It’s our obligation, as an organization and as humans,” Mora said Friday after practice. “This is such a charitable community it doesn’t surprise me that we’ll have great success Sunday with that drive. I’m sure that everyone will bring what they can and will help those that are less fortunate.”

Especially this year, when the unemployment rate has put a greater burden on the Northwest Harvest food banks.

“With unemployment in the state of Washington at nine percent, Northwest Harvest has seen a need for food increase by 13 percent over the past year,” Northwest Harvest spokesman Drew Flanders said. “We hope Seahawks fans will help us provide meals to those in need this Sunday.”

So does Mora. “It’s getting to that time of year, the holidays,” he said. “If there are people who need our help, we should help them.”

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