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.
Food Lifeline Staff
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.
There are many words you could use to describe hunger-relief ambassadors like Kathryn Ginsberg. “Connector” seems to fit best. Since late 2016, Kathryn has worked to make Food Lifeline a central part of the company culture at West Monroe Partners, her employer. By any measure, she’s clearly succeeding.
It was a few years ago when Evelyn finally took her friend’s advice and made her first trip to North Helpline Food Bank, the Food Lifeline partner located near her Seattle home. As she made her way down the breezeway that led up to the Food Bank’s front door, she wasn’t sure what to expect. What she found pleasantly surprised her.
What’s Happening in Olympia?
Hunger Action Day was Monday, Feb. 5 - hunger relief advocates from across the state convened in Olympia to meet with legislators, hear from legislative champions, and celebrate the pending passage of the Breakfast After the Bell bill. Every single state lawmaker received a visit on Monday from hunger advocates, including Food Lifeline staff.
“It’s a help!” Araceli says, nodding emphatically and smiling down at her little girl, Kayla, 7 months. “My kids are happy.”
Can you imagine how difficult it would be to explain to your child that you couldn’t afford to feed them? Araceli has been there before — but not anymore. That’s because you choose to support Food Lifeline.
The holidays are a time for families to come together around a full table. But for our neighbors who don’t have reliable access to food — like Magdalena’s family — this special season can be a painful reminder of hunger.
Magdalena lives with her mother, Margareta, and brother in Bellevue. Her brother works hard to support the family, and Magdalena continues to search for a job to help cover their expenses. She told us she’s volunteering with the Salvation Army to both give back to the community and gain valuable skills to help her find work.