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.

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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Kent Meridian Photovoice Exhibit Tells Unique Story

On Thursday, June 2, tucked away in a quiet corner of the East Wing at Kent Meridian High School, a group of students gathered to show off a lot of hard work they’ve been doing for the last few months – telling their story through pictures.

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Looking Forward to the Hunger Solution Center (Part 1)

The Hunger Solution Center will allow Food Lifeline to more than double the food we provide to our more than 275 agencies. It will also allow us to provide more highly nutritious fruits and vegetables. So what does this mean for our partners? We decided to let them tell you.

Port Townsend Food Bank
Shirley Moss, Director

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Donor Spotlight - OAC Services, Inc.

This month our Donor Spotlight is shining on OAC Services, Inc. We’re thankful to work with Project Manager, Wesley Bergquist and their great team to make the Hunger Solution Center (HSC) a reality. The OAC team has done a great job helping Food Lifeline with our entire project from permitting to furniture; they have been with us every step of the way. Not only have they offered their invaluable industry expertise but they’ve gone above and beyond volunteering nearly 60 hours repacking food for our agencies!

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Looking Forward to the Hunger Solution Center (Part 1)

The Hunger Solution Center will allow Food Lifeline to more than double the food we provide to our more than 275 agencies. It will also allow us to provide more highly nutritious fruits and vegetables. So what does this mean for our partners? We decided to let them tell you.

Port Townsend Food Bank
Shirley Moss, Director

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Turkey Mania

T-Minus seven days until Thanksgiving Day is upon us, and what Thanksgiving would be complete without a turkey at the table? To celebrate World Food Day (October 16) the Google Bon Appétit food team has donated one turkey to us for every $100 the Google Seattle and Kirkland teams donated to Action Against Hunger.

In the end, 229 turkeys were purchased and shipped to our warehouse for distribution! This is even more important this year, as the recent avian flu outbreak has made it harder for our partnering food banks to get turkey donations.

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Teri Rutledge Inspires Fourth-Graders to Fight Hunger

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.

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Your Generosity Helps Feed the Next Generation

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. 

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Thank You for Helping Hungry Children and Families

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.”

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