Linda Nageotte

Linda Letter

Dear Friends,

The end of the school year is right around the corner and we’ve been hard at work preparing for the hungry months of summer ahead. When school lets out in just a few short weeks, families who are facing financial uncertainty must make up for the free and reduced-price meals their children typically eat in the cafeteria.

Good nutrition couldn’t be more important for growing children’s healthy development. Girls and boys need balanced meals on the table this summer to be ready to learn when classes start back up in the fall.

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Spring Letter From Linda

Dear Friends,

It can be tough for many of our most vulnerable neighbors, especially the thousands of older adults in their retirement years. Many weren’t able to save enough to keep up with the rising cost of living. They often have to choose between healthy food or paying their other bills. Choices no one should have to make.  

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May Letter from Linda

Dear Friends,

School age kids across Western Washington are already looking forward to their summer vacation!  It’s a time to play, recharge, connect with friends, explore hobbies, take family trips or just sleep in. But not every kid is so lucky.

For thousands of children, when school ends for the year so does their access to a regular, healthy breakfast and lunch. The end of these nourishing meals can mean many parents, who are already struggling to make ends meet, may have to make even tougher budget choices.

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Hunger in the News

(From our President & CEO, Linda Nageotte)

No one wants to be hungry. Hunger robs people of opportunity. Food is a basic need, and everyone deserves enough food to eat. 

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March Letter from Linda

Dear Friends, 

Your partnership in our hunger-relief efforts is truly inspiring. During the busy holiday season, you brought hope in the form of food to neighbors across the 17 counties we serve. I was thrilled to hear from our network of partners about all the families who benefitted from your gifts. We’re so excited to expand Food Lifeline’s reach through our Hunger Solution Center this year.

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Holiday Letter from Linda

Dear Friends,

With the holidays just around the corner, many of us are looking forward to spending time with friends and family, sharing a meal together and expressing gratitude for all the good things in our lives. I can’t wait to sit down with my loved ones around a full table and catch up on the year’s events.

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Fall Letter from Linda

Dear Friends,

Next week, students throughout our community resume classes. Summer is often the hungriest time of year for food-insecure families, so that first school bell is a welcome relief for thousands of boys and girls as it signals the return of reliable free and reduced-price meal programs.

I’m sure you’re aware that there’s a critical connection between childhood nutrition and cognitive and physical development. Even relatively brief nutritional deficiencies can diminish a child's health, behavior and ability to concentrate and perform complex tasks.

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A Letter from the President & CEO

Dear Friends,

    Last month, we moved to our new Hunger Solution Center in Seattle, and I am thrilled about what we can achieve through this wonderful facility. These recent improvements will allow Food Lifeline to more than double the amount of healthy food we distribute ― and significantly increase the number of lives we can impact.

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Reflections on Income Inequality

I just returned from San Diego where I had the chance to meet with 15 other Feeding America CEO’s for 2 ½ days. We talked about a lot of topics unique to our shared world of food banks. However we also talked at length about the lingering effects of the recession, and how growing income inequality in our country is impacting our work in so many ways.

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Another Amazing Night at Savor

Together, we raised over $210,000 – enough to provide over 1 million meals. That's simply extraordinary!

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