It was a perfect event, right down to the golden shovels and the miniature chocolate hard hats.
Teri Rutledge and her team of fellow Villa Academy teachers are committed to educating their fourth grade students about the issue of hunger. For children at this private Catholic school in Seattle, the learning experience has been eye-opening and rewarding.
At the beginning of the year, Ms. Rutledge starts by teaching her class about the reasons people in their community are hungry. Once they understand some of the causes of hunger, they engage in an ongoing discussion of how these same children and families can gain access to the food they need.
As the site director of the Eastside Terrace Boys & Girls Club in Bellevue, Kristi Holmes works hard to ensure every child who comes through the door after school receives a nutritious Kids Cafe meal. The Club partners with Food Lifeline to provide these healthy after-school meals because otherwise, many of the kids she serves would have nothing to eat before breakfast at school the next day.
It’s an exciting time for Dee and her husband, Mark. They just celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary and their daughter, Zoe, 6, just started kindergarten. Although it’s bittersweet to watch their little girl take this important step in life, they’re so proud of her and the person she’s becoming.
“Zoe’s a handful…she’s going to be a go-getter,” Dee says, adding with a laugh that, “she’s like her mom.”
When you make a donation to help build the Hunger Solution Center, you're making an investment that will help feed hungry neighbors in Western Washington. Not just for today, but for tomorrow as well.
Now you can double-down you donation!
The Brettler Family Foundation and Tom Douglas & Jackie Cross, have stepped up to create a match opportunity for donors to the Mobilize Against Hunger campaign. These generous donors are offering to match gifts of $1,500 to $9,999 through December 31, 2015.
Last year, the Ballard Food Bank served more the 60,000 hungry neighbors, with 1.6 million pounds of healthy, nutritious food. Much of this food comes from Food Lifeline.
“We get 40% of our food from Food Lifeline”, says Executive Director Jen Muzia. “It’s critical.”
Like the other 275 food banks, shelters and meal programs across Western Washington that receive food from Food Lifeline, this food means one thing.
“Hope”, says Muzia. “With food comes hope”.
A less expensive source of protein, eggs are always in high demand in our network of food banks, shelters, and meal programs. And you can probably understand why when you think about all the ways eggs can be used to create tasty nutritious food. In this edition of A Company Who Cares, we are featuring Nest Best Eggs, a long time food supplier to Food Lifeline, located right here in the Pacific Northwest.
It’s hard to imagine that people who have worked all of their lives could struggle with finding food in what we so wistfully call their “golden years”. But it’s a sad truth. A truth that Food Lifeline is determined to change.
That’s why, this year, the Mobile Food Pantry program is focusing on a growing vulnerable population, seniors. So our new location in Renton is definitely a cause for celebration.
Getting kids to eat is sometimes tough, but it’s even tougher if there isn’t enough food on the plate. That’s why Food Lifeline is expanding the Kids Cafe program. This spring, we are adding four new locations to the after school meals program!
“We will reach so many children that need our help,” says Kids Cafe Coordinator Stephanie Jamieson. “Across these new locations we will feed 90 more kids every day in Snohomish County.
Food Lifeline’s annual SAVOR event is an unforgettable fundraising event and dining experience featuring the region's finest chefs and wines.
This year’s event is hosted again by one of our favorite people, KING 5 news anchor Mark Wright. We had a chance to catch up with Mark this week to get his take on SAVOR, and why he feels it’s such an important event.
Mark, you’ve hosted SAVOR for several years now, what keeps bringing you back? What makes it special to you?