We need help from the agency network! Negotiations over the Farm Bill are intensifying in Congress. The timeline is uncertain, but the threat of devastating cuts and eligibility changes to SNAP are well known. To push back, Food Lifeline, Northwest Harvest, the Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition, and the Washington Food Coalition, along with others want to partner with you on a statewide campaign to protect SNAP and related basic needs programs.
Our Community Responds
What kinds of people dedicate their time to re-packing frozen peas, labeling instant oatmeal, or sorting through food drive donations? The best kinds of people - Food Lifeline volunteers! Every year, more than 13,000 volunteers give their time and talent to help end hunger with Food Lifeline. Because April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month, we'd like to honor our incredible hunger-fighting volunteers by sharing a few of their stories.
“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.
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
Every single day Food Lifeline rescues thousands of pounds of food – and every single day Food Lifeline delivers thousands of pounds of food. That’s a lot of coming and going! Fortunately we have a serious fleet of heroes to help us – our drivers!
For years, Janet identified as a businesswoman, working to grow her woven textiles company. She later transitioned from this role to being a full-time parent to her son. When he grew up and went to college, Janet was ready for her next adventure.
WOW, Food Frenzy Superstars! It has been an incredible two weeks and we want to thank you all for your generous participation in Food Frenzy 2017! We've had another record-breaking year because of YOU! You rallied your coworkers, raised funds, volunteered, collected food, and knocked it out of the ballpark. We are very excited to announce these TERRIFIC results:
When it comes to volunteering, Rachel Rosenberg is a rock star. Since February, Rachel has dedicated 2-3 of her mornings every week to helping out in the Hunger Solution Center – racking up over 100 hours of food sorting!
“What Food Lifeline is doing is really important and where it’s at with what it’s doing is really important,” Rachel says. “As a society we tend to chuck [the food], but there’s no reason why someone can’t eat that food and that is perfectly healthy and safe.”
This month we are highlighting our partnership with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. The company and its employees are highly engaged with Food Lifeline, regularly volunteering, donating wine for events and providing leadership on our Board of Directors.
Earlier this month Congress passed a bipartisan budget agreement for 2017. It included increased funding for TEFAP and fully funded the expected caseloads for other federal nutrition programs like SNAP, WIC, and school meals.