PORT ORCHARD — The Kitsap Credit Union-sponsored Cash & Dash event in Bremerton Monday featured a bountiful announcement by organizers: Approximately $130,000 was donated to the program, which will distribute the funds to 25 nonprofit organizations in Kitsap, Jefferson, Mason and Pierce counties.
Two Port Orchard nonprofits — South Kitsap Helpline’s food bank and Backpacks for Kids — each received $5,000 from the bank. Other backpack recipients included ShareNet in Kingston; North Kitsap Fishline in Poulsbo; Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton; Bremerton School District; Central Kitsap Food Backpack 4 Kids; and Coalition of Churches in Belfair.
According to organizers, a growing number of students have been registering for free and reduced lunch programs in the counties. To help ease the financial burden on these families, Kitsap Credit Union has offered a Skip-A-Pay promotion to qualified members to raise funds for local Backpack-For-Kids feeding programs.