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.
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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.
Together, we raised over $210,000 – enough to provide over 1 million meals. That's simply extraordinary!
Food Lifeline’s annual SAVOR event is an unforgettable fundraising event and dining experience featuring the region's finest chefs and wines.
This year’s event is hosted again by one of our favorite people, KING 5 news anchor Mark Wright. We had a chance to catch up with Mark this week to get his take on SAVOR, and why he feels it’s such an important event.
Mark, you’ve hosted SAVOR for several years now, what keeps bringing you back? What makes it special to you?
What would you do if you were homeless in Seattle? How would you get food? Where would you sleep? These are just a few of the tough questions facing a plucky group of Seattle eighth-graders who recently visited Food Lifeline.
The students are participating in the Seattle Challenge, a program created by the Seattle Academy that gives students a look at life through the eyes of a homeless person. During the program, students spend three days volunteering at agencies throughout the city, serving and cooking at meal programs, sleeping in simulated shelters, and walking to each site.
The 1st graders at Meridian School had a goal. 550 pounds. They drew posters, made signs, and told their whole school about their food drive. Last week, they proudly showed off their work to the whole school and their 10 big boxes full of food they gathered for people in need.
So how much food did the class collect? 706 pounds. Or significantly more than your average gorilla. Best part? This food will be able provide 588 meals for our neighbors in need.
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For the third year in a row the Seattle Seahawks have come away with victory in the Kick Hunger challenge. Fans from across the country gave $127,344 to help stop hunger. With the additional $10,000 in prize money provided by the Taste of the NFL, this will provide 686,720 meals across Western Washington. That is enough food to feed everyone person at University of Phoenix Stadium over 10 times.
Like us, you have probably been thinking this week about the incredible service our veterans give us. Here in Western Washington almost 40% of the people who use food banks have someone in their family who served in the military. That is almost twice the national average.
The good news is that your support helps us make sure these families get the food they need. Glenn and his grandson, Javon are one of the many families you have helped this year.
Once again the road to the Super Bowl goes through Seattle. Last year’s Super Bowl remains a treasured memory for many of us here in Western Washington. However for people struggling with hunger, that day was extra special. Thanks to the herculean efforts by local chef, John Howie and former Seahawks player, Craig Terrill, the Seattle Seahawks clinched their second victory in the Kick Hunger Challenge. And we are looking to three-peat this year!