Hunger News and Trends

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

Fighting Hunger is a Hot Topic in Olympia!

In addition to food bank funding and Breakfast After the Bell, there are a handful of other issues we’re tracking. There are two legislative proposals and two funding proposals:

The “Apple a Day” program – This bill focuses on getting healthier food to students by offering grants for new or improved school kitchen equipment. The grants will be targeted to schools in low-income areas and schools already involved in farm to school efforts.

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State Legislature is in Session!

As Washington lawmakers head into the 2015 legislative session, take a moment to learn more about three important pieces of anti-hunger policy.

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New Research: Hunger Hits Health Hard

You are probably aware of the impact food has on your health. That same connection is true for many of the people who struggle with hunger in our community. Not always having access to the food you need or only having access to poor quality food impacts your health. Two new studies continue to fill in the picture of the connection between hunger and health. They focus on two key health conditions and the impact of food security: iron deficiency in pregnant women, and chronic kidney disease.

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Key Programs Preserved in King County Budget

After 6 public hearings, 14 budget meetings and testimony from over 200 people on their budget priorities, the King County Council unanimously approved its first two year budget on November 17. While there were still some painful cuts in the $9 billion budget, many vital programs were preserved. This is good news for people who use food banks and rely on key services provided by the county.

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Do You Know Where Wahkiakum County is? We do.

When you support Food Lifeline, you are helping neighbors across 17 counties and 44,000 square miles. Regardless of what county you live in, you deserve to have access to the food you need and to feed your family. Each year we review pound for pound where our food goes and challenge ourselves to find new and better ways to reach underserved counties. The great news is this year we partnered with four new amazing agencies to deliver more food to four high-need counties; Grays Harbor, Island, Pacific, and Wahkiakum. Allow us to introduce our four newest member agencies:

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Hunger in America: Difficult Decisions

In a four part blog series, we examine hunger in Western Washington and the impact it has on individuals, families and emergency food providers. As part of the Hunger in America Study, Food Lifeline surveyed our member agency food banks, meal programs and emergency shelters, as well as their clients, to get a comprehensive look at whose hungry, the effects of hunger, and how people cope. From raw data came real stories.

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Hunger in America: Employment and Education

In a four part blog series, we examine hunger in Western Washington and the impact it has on individuals, families and emergency food providers. As part of the Hunger in America Study, Food Lifeline surveyed our member agency food banks, meal programs and emergency shelters, as well as their clients, to get a comprehensive look at whose hungry, the effects of hunger, and how people cope. From raw data came real stories.

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Hunger in America: Health & Well-being

In a four part blog series, we examine hunger in Western Washington and the impact it has on individuals, families and emergency food providers. As part of the Hunger in America Study, Food Lifeline surveyed our member agency food banks, meal programs and emergency shelters, as well as their clients, to get a comprehensive look at whose hungry, the effects of hunger, and how people cope. From raw data came real stories.

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Hunger in America: The Food Program Landscape

In a four part blog series, we examine hunger in Western Washington and the impact it has on individuals, families and emergency food providers. As part of the Hunger in America Study, Food Lifeline surveyed our member agency food banks, meal programs and emergency shelters, as well as their clients, to get a comprehensive look at whose hungry, the effects of hunger, and how people cope. From raw data came real stories.

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Where Do Hungry Kids Go During the Summer?

The reduced-price and free lunches available to students during the school year ensure low-income kids get at least one good meal during the day. But what about summer vacation, when school is out and these meals go away?

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