Everyone needs good nutrition all year round, but especially in the long active days of summer. Sadly, for many families and kids who rely on free & reduced lunch at school, summer can be tough.
Our Community Responds
Turns out you don't need a giant oven, hundreds of chefs and a grocery list a mile long. You just need Stamp Out Hunger.
On May 9th, you all joined with us in helping create the nation's largest single day food drive. Thanks to all our 120 volunteers, the dedicated (partner & sponsor) Branch 79 letter carriers, a sponsorship from Design Laboratory, Inc, and you, Stamp Out Hunger collected enough food and funds to provide over 507,450 meals.
A less expensive source of protein, eggs are always in high demand in our network of food banks, shelters, and meal programs. And you can probably understand why when you think about all the ways eggs can be used to create tasty nutritious food. In this edition of A Company Who Cares, we are featuring Nest Best Eggs, a long time food supplier to Food Lifeline, located right here in the Pacific Northwest.
Right now, we have an important opportunity to let Congress know that our network cares ending child hunger and making it easier for donors to give food to food banks.
Two important items of our legislative agenda—Child Nutrition Reauthorization and a food donation tax deduction bill—are moving forward in Congress, and we need your help to demonstrate strong support for these priorities.
We encourage you to sign the two letters below, which outline our priorities for both bills.
Need a snack or meal to keep your summer fun going? Are you between the ages of 1 and 18? Click here for a map of the Kids Cafe sites closest to you this summer.
Wondering what food to include in your food drive?
Here are a few guidelines and ideas for what food is in high demand at our member food banks. If you want to a printable version of this list, there are options at the bottom of this blog post.
Healthy Food Donation List
Fruits and Vegetables
- Low-sodium or water packed canned vegetables, including tomatoes and tomato sauce can be easily obtained and are great alternatives to their fresh counterparts.
Once again Boeing employees are showing their caring spirits by rallying together to help stop hunger. Through food, funds and a Boeing matching gift, this drive is creating 237,454 meals. Or to put it in Boeing terms, this year's drive could feed every passenger onboard 450 Boeing 747 airplanes.
Not only do Boeing employees donate food and funds, they also volunteer their time to help stop hunger. Current Boeing employees and retired Boeing employees recently helped repack over 10,000 pounds of food in just 5 hours.
Hear about how one baker got tired of throwing away good bread and now donates to Food Lifeline instead.
You may have wondered what exactly happens to the food you put in your Stamp Out Hunger bag. The short answer? It feeds hungry people. The long answer involves a lot of heavy lifting, generous people, and a glimpse inside how Food Lifeline works.
Texas transplants, Amanda and Ed have always been able to provide for their four children, including Jordan, 14, Trevor, 11, Preston, 10 and little Shaylee, 3. But when Ed found himself unemployed for a long stretch, things got tough.
“The kids sometimes have a hard time understanding why they have to sell things, downsize, move away, etc.,” says Amanda.
Fortunately, Ed got a job at Boeing this year and moved his family north from Texas. It was the right move, but according to Amanda, it’s wasn’t an overnight process.