Hunger in America: Western Washington 2014 Report
Solving any problem, especially one as complex as hunger, requires relevant data and a constant cycle of adjustment and evaluation. At Food Lifeline we value research as an important tool in finding ways to end hunger in Western Washington. When you join our efforts through volunteering, donating or speaking out about hunger, you can rest assured that we are using the latest information on how hunger effects the more than 755,000 people Food Lifeline serves every year.
Research keeps us relevant, informs decision makers and helps our 275 partner food banks, meal programs and shelters better equip themselves to do the work of feeding people struggling to get enough food while also working to shorten their lines.
The Hunger in America study takes place every four years, giving us a comprehensive picture of the agencies we work with and the individuals they serve. In 2013 we surveyed those agencies and clients to find out who they are, the challenges they’re facing, and how they’re coping.
We found an incredible story of agencies working to support the clients they serve, and clients who are smart and tenacious in managing the difficult situations they find themselves in.
Through a series of blog posts we will share a number of these stories that reflect the face of Hunger in America today:
- The Food Program Landscape: The story of our agencies and the work they do
- Health and Wellbeing: Health challenges facing people with limited access to food
- Employment and Education: Job, income, and schooling trends among people utilizing emergency food programs
- Difficult Decisions: Coping strategies families and individuals use when life gets hard
Feeding America also provides nationwide data on these same topics.