Our Community Responds

From the food industry to volunteers, everyone in Western Washington has a vital role to play in solving the hunger logistics problem. These are the stories of how our community is responding and contributing.

A Fun Frenzy

Our team had a great time Thursday, April 27 celebrating the official kickoff of our summer challenge, Food Frenzy! It was a fun-filled night with attendees from over 40 companies playing games, having a drink, grabbing a bite, and learning more about hunger, food waste, and Food Frenzy.

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Jaime Makes Beef Count

Hi, I’m Jaime Sackmann. I’m a cattle rancher and mom in eastern Washington. There are a couple of big reasons I love participating in Beef Counts – Washington’s Beef Community United Against Hunger. The first reason is all about the beef. Beef Counts makes it simple for ranchers to provide protein-rich beef to people who would likely go without. As parents, we all do the best we can to provide our children what they need. Helping other moms fill a potential nutrition gap for their kids with high quality beef protein is a very personal way for ranchers like me to help.

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Joe Keeps Moving

For Joe Burns, sitting around doing nothing is not on his bucket list.

But volunteering – in a big way – is.

Five days a week, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., you’ll find Joe in the Hunger Solution Center, assigned to the Fresh Rescue Department, where he sorts food.

Joe grew up in Minnesota.  After years of working up the sales chain – first inside, then outside, then district, then regional manager – Joe became general manager of a materials-handling company.

It was through his wife Cindy that his life changed markedly.

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Donor Spotlights: Natural and Organic Donations

With 1 in 7 people in Western Washington struggling with hunger, the faces of hunger look very much like the faces you walk by everyday on the street. At the end of the day our neighbors who struggle with hunger aren't any different from anyone else, and like to eat the same types of foods that anyone else does. 

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Dave's Killer Bread!

What's better than one company donating surplus food to Food Lifeline to fight hunger in Western Washington?

Two companies joining forces to donate surplus, organic food!

Recently, Food Lifeline was the recipient of a generous donation of 20,000 pounds of organic potatoes and 3,000 loaves of Dave’s Killer Bread thanks to Flowers Foods and Cascade Organic Flour!

Flowers Food teamed up with Cascade Organic Flour for this special Thanksgiving donation to Food Lifeline.

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Father Eichner Squashes Hunger

Fall has officially arrived! And with it, Food Lifeline's annual crop of squash!

Since 2011 Father Jim Eichner, of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross, has been planting acreage of squash with the sole intention of donating it to food banks- and aptly named it the Food Bank Farm.

This year, he has planted 10 acres of a variety of squashes  and the first harvest was just unloaded at the Hunger Solution Center. Father Eichner recruits over 200 volunteers to help harvest and pack the squash, which grow in wide range of shapes, sizes, and colors.

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I Feel Very Lucky and Extremely Grateful

The following is a brief testimonial from one of our neighbors in Greenwood who utilizes the Greenwood Food Resource Center. It can be easy to make assumptions about why someone may need to access free food at a Food Bank, but this person’s story demonstrates that any of us could find ourselves susceptible to food insecurity.

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Packing up Hunger

With more than 275 food banks, shelters and meal programs in the Food Lifeline network, there’s no shortage of great stories. Here’s one we hope you enjoy!

The Orting Food Bank runs a backpack program that partners with local schools to identify students who are food insecure. The food bank then packs bags for the students to take home on Fridays, so they aren’t hungry over the weekend.

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Members of Congress Visit Kids Cafe Sites

While many kids are out and enjoying their summers, not all have adequate access to enough food to eat. There are over 485,000 kids who eat free and reduced-price meals during the school year, but where do they get food when school is out? Food Lifeline aims to feed more children in the summer through our Kids Cafe program. Recently, Congressman Rick Larsen and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene visited two of these Kids Cafe sites.

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2015 Top Donors

For Food Lifeline, last year was a big one. Not only did we move into a brand new, huge, beautiful warehouse back in April, but we crossed a huge milestone by bringing in more than 40 million pounds of food to distribute!

We have hundreds of donors and individuals to thank for their contributions, but we’d like to send a few special shout-outs to our biggest donors of the last year.

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