Food Lifeline Staff

What's Happening In Olympia

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.

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Families Are Fed Because of You

“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.

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Your Support Is Filling Holiday Tables

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.

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A True Picture of Service!

“When you work with people who’re doing things for others with their own time, it gives you faith in the people in your own country,” Bud says, describing his volunteer experience with Food Lifeline.

Bud, 77, first got involved in our hunger-relief work through his church. He’s always felt it’s important to help others, and after more than 60 members of his congregation came together to give their time in Food Lifeline’s warehouse, he began visiting regularly to help.

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You're Making The Holidays Bright For People Like Caroline

When we met Caroline, she was bundled in a heavy coat outside FamilyWorks Food Bank, one of Food Lifeline’s member agencies on Seattle’s north side. As she made her way through the line, choosing vegetables, grains and other groceries from the food bank’s bins, she told us how constricted her budget has become.

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Food Lifeline Welcomes Its New Advocacy & Policy Director

Food Lifeline is thrilled to welcome Aaron Czyzewski, an experienced advocacy professional, to lead its political strategies as Director of Advocacy & Public Policy. In this role, Aaron will manage Food Lifeline’s government, public policy, and regulatory affairs. He will also harness our organization’s vast volunteer and partner network to seek out and work with champions in Olympia and Washington, DC.

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Supporting a Supporter

Nutritious food plays a vital role in our overall health. Yet too many low-income communities lack equitable access to nutritious, affordable, fresh foods. Limited access makes it difficult to eat the specified diet necessary for managing or preventing conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and/or obesity. That's why Food Lifeline is launching a pilot project with Sea Mar Community Health Centers to provide nutrient-dense, diabetes-appropriate food. The success of the project means bringing this program to health clinics across Western Washington.

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Keep On Truckin'

When Helping Hands Food Bank needed a new truck to transport food, they didn't let a little thing like money stand in their way! Read on for a first-hand account of how one of our agency partners was able to pool resources from their community in order to purchase a new truck for their food bank. 


By Becky Larsen, Executive Director, Helping Hands Food Bank

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Getting Out of the Car

Nutritious food plays a vital role in our overall health. Yet too many low-income communities lack equitable access to nutritious, affordable, fresh foods. Limited access makes it difficult to eat the specified diet necessary for managing or preventing conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and/or obesity. That's why Food Lifeline is launching a pilot project with Sea Mar Community Health Centers to provide nutrient-dense, diabetes-appropriate food. The success of the project means bringing this program to health clinics across Western Washington.

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Making a Difference in Diabetes

Nutritious food plays a vital role in our overall health. Yet too many low-income communities lack equitable access to nutritious, affordable, fresh foods. Limited access makes it difficult to eat the specified diet necessary for managing or preventing conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and/or obesity. That's why Food Lifeline is launching a pilot project with Sea Mar Community Health Centers to provide nutrient-dense, diabetes-appropriate food. The success of the project means bringing this program to health clinics across Western Washington.

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