Covid-19 Response Report

The pandemic has created unprecedented demand for food relief services in our region. As ground zero for the pandemic in the United States, Food Lifeline has been on the leading edge of the emergency response efforts. In recent weeks, our community distributions are serving record numbers of families who are facing hunger this holiday season and require assistance, many for the first time. We are tirelessly working to expand our agency network while continuing to directly provide food to our neighbors in need. To learn more, please read our newly updated Covid-19 Response Report.

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Food Lifeline Continues to Respond to the Covid-19 Pandemic

More than 73,000 emergency food boxes are being distributed each week to families in need

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and our state’s statewide stay-at-home order in March, Food Lifeline had to quickly adapt to dramatically increased demand for food. For perspective, hunger relief organizations serve about 850,000 people in Washington in a typical month. With the economic hardship caused by the pandemic, the number of food-insecure people in our state has doubled to 2.2 million people.

To meet this need, Food Lifeline has ramped up operations to provide a record number of meals to our community. We are actively working with our 300 agency partners to identify safe ways to distribute food directly to them so they can continue their work of supporting those facing hunger. In addition to the increased support of our partner network, Food Lifeline is also serving as a lead agency in a state-wide hunger relief effort. In coordination with the Governor Jay Inslee’s office, Second Harvest and Northwest Harvest, we are building emergency food boxes full of nutritious, shelf-stable food and distributing these boxes to every county in the state each week to reach those most in need. Through this effort, Food Lifeline has developed new strategies including, large scale emergency food box distributions at malls and college campus, a home delivery system for those unable to leave their home, targeted support to schools and public housing authorities and emergency mobile food pantries, all to meet our mission of serving the many people experiencing hunger today.

Private philanthropy will be essential to fund our ongoing operations, enabling Food Lifeline to stay strong, stable and capable of delivering food relief to the community throughout this response. Our needs are especially acute on the front end of this effort. Food Lifeline’s Staff and Board have never been more committed to our mission of feeding people experiencing hunger today, while working to solve hunger for the future. We are singularly focused on this disaster response, and we invite everyone to join us on this important journey.

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Community Resources

Currently Open WA Food Banks & Meal Programs

This map includes currently open food banks and meal programs across Washington.

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Home Delivery

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we want to share that our emergency food box home delivery program has phased out.  However, we are pleased to share that United Way of King County will offer food box home delivery in partnership with select King County food banks and DoorDash. The home delivery program will offer weekly, recurring delivery service sourcing food from neighborhood food banks rather than centrally from Food Lifeline. Clients will have access to additional types of items in boxes, including more fresh produce. We hope that this change does not inconvenience you, and encourage anyone experiencing food needs to sign-up. To request home delivery orders, please call 2-1-1 or use this online form.

Washington State Emergency Resources

Download this brochure for a list of emergency resources in Washington state.

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