Food Lifeline Staff
As a teacher at an alternative school, Serena understands the connection between nutrition and education. When students don’t have enough to eat, they can’t focus in class, they may exhibit behavior problems, and they are more likely to get sick and miss school.
For that reason, she does her very best to provide hearty, healthy meals for her son and daughter, ages 9 and 13. Some months, the only way she can do that is by visiting West Seattle Food Bank, one of Food Lifeline’s Partner Agencies near her home.
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“We tend to bond with each other,” says Jamila Taylor, vice president of the Delta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. The group has a long history of giving their time to Food Lifeline: “We have fun and we learn how far the resources go in the community.”
Jamila says she appreciates that volunteering is a team-building activity as well as a way for her and her sorority sisters to spend time with their families. She comes by her volunteer commitment honestly — her mother used to volunteer her time at our facility and through Alpha Kappa Alpha as well.
When you support Food Lifeline, you help give caring parents like Leah the means to get their families back on solid financial footing.
We met Leah and her little boy, Justin, 3, earlier this year at the YWCA Central Area Food Bank, a Food Lifeline Partner Agency in Seattle. Leah told us that this past fall, she and Justin fell on hard times and had nowhere to turn.
Luckily, Leah found out about the food distribution just minutes away from where she and Justin live.
We need help from the agency network! Negotiations over the Farm Bill are intensifying in Congress. The timeline is uncertain, but the threat of devastating cuts and eligibility changes to SNAP are well known. To push back, Food Lifeline, Northwest Harvest, the Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition, and the Washington Food Coalition, along with others want to partner with you on a statewide campaign to protect SNAP and related basic needs programs.
We know the quantity and variety of items available to order through Food Lifeline has been more limited recently. Reasons for this include driver shortages (a nation-wide trend), less excess food from the manufacturing industry, and seasonal trends in produce. To address this as quickly as possible, we have prioritized our staff time to dedicate significant hours on the road every week to build relationships with new, existing, and lapsed food donors.
What kinds of people dedicate their time to re-packing frozen peas, labeling instant oatmeal, or sorting through food drive donations? The best kinds of people - Food Lifeline volunteers! Every year, more than 13,000 volunteers give their time and talent to help end hunger with Food Lifeline. Because April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month, we'd like to honor our incredible hunger-fighting volunteers by sharing a few of their stories.
Did you know that many of the people who visit food banks also serve as volunteers? Judy, 70, comes out regularly to Salvation Army Capitol Hill to do just that. When we last spoke with her, she was helping assemble spice packets for pantry clients. As she sorted and categorized, she shared a bit about her background.
There are many challenges that come with getting older. But some - like keeping enough food at home while scraping by on a fixed income - are preventable. Laura is one Western Washington resident who knows this is true, and it’s because you choose to give to Food Lifeline.