There are all kinds of creative ways to help out a food bank. Pat Nolan thought a raffle for a shopping spree, coupled with a food donation drive, would be just the ticket for the Queen Anne Food Bank, where he does work as a volunteer.

The lucky winner will win a 90-second shopping spree at Ken’s Market at 3 p.m. on July 21.  The $25 tickets for the spree can be purchased at Ken’s until July 14. The winner will be notified by July 16.

Also on July 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. a green truck will be parked in front of Ken’s, 2400 Sixth Ave., which organizers hope will be filled with food donations from the public. Suggested food donations for the green truck, which will go directly to the Food Bank: canned vegetables, chicken, tuna, fruits, soups, beans, plus peanut butter, rice, pasta, crackers, cookies, granola bars, cereal, dried fruits and shelf-stable milk.

Nolan said Ken’s aisles will be cleared for the lucky shopper, who will have a food cart to fill with pretty much anything in the store but alcohol, medicine and tobacco. He added that if one cart is filled, a second cart is OK.

Nolan, a member of Sacred Heart Parish, figured this would be a good way to help the Queen Anne Food Bank, which, in its first year, is filling the void left by the discontinued St. Vincent de Paul feeding program.

The green truck belongs to Nolan. The tie-in with Ken’s is a natural: Joe Vizarre, one of Ken’s owners, is his cousin.

“There will be hot dogs served out front between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the 21st, too,” Nolan said. 

Information: 206-282-1100.