Getting food directly to high-need areas
In Western Washington, 1 in 7 adults struggle to get enough food to lead healthy lives and unfortunately, 1 in 5 of those people are kids. This happens in small towns and big cities and across every state in the country. While the challenges of rural towns and city neighborhoods are different, they share the same lack of access to healthy food. While our network of member food banks, meal programs and shelters do incredible work feeding more than 800,000 people every year, there are still service gaps for our neighbors in need. This is often caused by geographical barriers and a lack of access to local food banks, grocery stores or other sources of fresh food.
In response to this need, Food Lifeline launched the Mobile Food Pantry in the summer of 2013. Designed to get more fresh food to underserved areas across Western Washington, the Mobile Food Pantry works with our hunger relief partners to make sure more people get the fresh fruits, vegetables and food they need every day. The Mobile Food Pantry is currently providing food once a month to people in Cowlitz and Whatcom counties, with plans to expand into other counties.
Major funding for Mobile Food Pantry was provided by UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” program, with additional financial support by Disney Worldwide Services Inc. and Wells Fargo. Thanks to Allrecipes.com for donating the reusable shopping bags.