The latest food security data released by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that the food insecurity rate has continues to fall but still has not reached pre-recession levels. Nation-wide, 13.7% of households were food insecure in 2015, a significant decline from the 2014 rate of 15.4%. The number still remains above the pre-recession food insecurity rate of 12.2% in 2008.
Last week Land O’ Lakes donated 40,000 pounds of frozen macaroni & cheese to Food Lifeline. Easy to prepare, low in sodium and high in taste, this food will be hugely appreciated by the many meal programs supported by Food Lifeline. In fact, Food Lifeline provides 30% of the meals being served by food banks, meal programs across Western Washington.
Tax policy is one of the innovative ways to allow businesses to donate large volumes of nutritious food to food banks throughout the country. Initially created in 1976, the current IRS code provides an incentive for businesses to donate food that would otherwise be wasted. A temporary expansion in 2006 allowed small businesses including many restaurants, retail, and produce suppliers to increase donations.
Currently, Food Lifeline and our partners across the country are working to pass the bipartisan Good Samaritan Hunger Relief Tax Incentive Act which would:
Follow the story of Craig the Crooked Carrot as he teams up with other delicious, but different looking produce to help make sure kids grow up strong and healthy.
Every year, Food Lifeline partners with farmers, grocery stores and produce wholesellers to redirect truckloads of produce just like Craig to those in need. These partnerships and our network of food assistance programs make it possible for Food Lifeline to provide 82,000 meals a day to families and individuals struggling with hunger.
The Food Industry is key to solving Western Washington’s hunger logistics problem.
GIVE YOUR FOOD, FUNDS, TIME, and VOICE TO ENDING HUNGER
Wondering how you can make a difference in ending hunger here in Western Washington? Food Lifeline makes it easy for you to make a difference and help your hungry neighbors.