Hunger News and Trends

Recent news articles, trends and data that point to new solutions for stopping hunger.

Hunger and Health Kickoff

A very special group of healthcare professionals met recently to begin what will be an important piece of work – solving issues at the critical Intersection of Hunger and Health. What we know now is that more meals means better health which means better outcomes. This group will be working to find strategic actions that grow a healthier community.

Cambia Grove hosted the panel discussion, and was led by our board members Chris Blanton of BridgeSpan, Suzanne Daly of Providence, Food Lifeline’s CEO Linda Nageotte, and Dr. Fathi, CEO of Coordinated Care.

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Dining for a Cause

On October 20, Chateau Ste Michelle hosted an event to honor our food partners in fighting hunger.

L to R: Bruce Christiansen, Senior Vice President, Park City Group  Amy Kirtland, Senior Vice President, KeHE Distributers Frank Genovese, EVP of Sales, Chateau Ste Michelle/Columbia Crest Linda Nageotte, President and CEO, Food Lifeline Tom Douglas,  Owner & Chef, Tom Douglas Restaurants Group Thierry Rautureau, Owner & Chef, LUC and Loulay

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New Research: The Relationship between SNAP and Health

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known as Basic Food in Washington State, helps low-income individuals and families purchase food. SNAP is the largest nutrition assistance program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture. Close to 70% of SNAP participants are in families with children and more than one-quarter are in households with seniors or people with disabilities. In FY14, 1,095,551 people participated monthly in SNAP in Washington State, with an average monthly benefit of $117.71 per person.

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A Majority Will Experience Economic Insecurity At Some Point

A recently released study shows that the poor in America are not a permanent class of people. Instead, it suggests that over the course of a lifetime, people will move in and out of poverty – someone who is poor one year, may not be a few years later or vice versa.

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Food Lifeline Unveils Our New Hunger Solution Center

On September 9, Food Lifeline held a groundbreaking to unveil our new Hunger Solution Center. Community members, elected officials, donors, and member agencies gathered to celebrate this historic occasion. Today Food Lifeline’s two building are running at full capacity. With more than 190,000 square feet of space, our new home will be more than twice the size of our current facilities combined. This means we will be able to distribute up to 100 million pounds of food per year, more than double what we distribute today.

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2010-2014: Hunger Safety Net Trends

In a three part blog series, we examine Western Washington’s hunger safety net, which is made up of food banks and meal programs throughout the state as well as government funded programs like SNAP, school meals, WIC, and programs for seniors. With Food Lifeline’s Missing Meals report, we are able to get a comprehensive look at how the safety net meets the needs of hungry Washingtonians, while also taking into account how much work is still left to do.

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Private and Public Food Programs Working Together

In a three part blog series, we examine Western Washington’s hunger safety net, which is made up of food banks and meal programs throughout the state as well as government funded programs like SNAP, school meals, WIC, and programs for seniors. With Food Lifeline’s Missing Meals report, we are able to get a comprehensive look at how the safety net meets the needs of hungry Washingtonians, while also taking into account how much work is still left to do.

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Snapshot of the Hunger Safety Net

In a three part blog series, we examine Western Washington’s hunger safety net, which is made up of food banks and meal programs throughout the state as well as government funded programs like SNAP, school meals, WIC, and programs for seniors. With Food Lifeline’s Missing Meals report, we are able to get a comprehensive look at how the safety net meets the needs of hungry Washingtonians, while also taking into account how much work is still left to do.

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Food Banks As Partners In Health Care

Food Lifeline’s Hunger in America 2014 survey revealed that nearly half of Western Washington’s food bank client households have someone with diabetes or high blood pressure. It should come as no surprise that not having access to food impacts an individual’s health. Hunger is associated with a

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Food Sourcing: Getting More Produce

For the second time this year, our member food banks and meal programs gathered together for a regional workshop. Our network of 275 food banks, meal programs, and shelters operate all over Western Washington, so we were excited by the chance to meet with many of the agencies from Kitsap, Mason, Clallam and Jefferson Counties.

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