The cycles of poverty our clients struggle with force them to make impossible trade-offs. Choosing between purchasing food and paying a medical or utility bill is an unfortunate reality for many of the people we serve. The good news is that Food Lifeline is helping to stabilize those trades-offs by providing food to our most vulnerable community members. Through our mobile feeding programs, we have the opportunity to not only feed hungry people, but also to disrupt generational poverty.
In Western Washington, connecting hungry children with nourishing food is a community effort. Each fall, schools, nonprofit organizations and even libraries are vital to the hunger-fighting work you support.
Amy, who’s going into 5th grade, and her little brother Aiden, who’s starting kindergarten, are two children who directly benefit from your generosity.
Food Lifeline launched seven new Kids Cafe afterschool meal sites in early 2017 in partnership with The Seattle Public Library, King County Library System, and United Way of King County. Kids and teens ages 1-18 can now enjoy a free, nutritious meal after school at seven public libraries in Seattle and King County.
While many kids are out and enjoying their summers, not all have adequate access to enough food to eat. There are over 485,000 kids who eat free and reduced-price meals during the school year, but where do they get food when school is out? Food Lifeline aims to feed more children in the summer through our Kids Cafe program. Recently, Congressman Rick Larsen and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene visited two of these Kids Cafe sites.
This summer, I was an intern for Food lifeline as a part of the Bank of America Student Leaders Program. I didn’t quite know what to expect coming in, just that Food Lifeline is a well-known nonprofit that distributes food. As a part of my internship, I learned about all of the different departments at Food Lifeline and worked on projects for the policy team.
Summer is an exciting time, but for some families it’s a time of uncertainty. More than 300,000 children in Western Washington don’t have access to the meals they normally get at school, leaving many families in a difficult situation.
As the site director of the Eastside Terrace Boys & Girls Club in Bellevue, Kristi Holmes works hard to ensure every child who comes through the door after school receives a nutritious Kids Cafe meal. The Club partners with Food Lifeline to provide these healthy after-school meals because otherwise, many of the kids she serves would have nothing to eat before breakfast at school the next day.
Summer is an exciting time, but for some families it’s a time of uncertainty. More than 300,000 children in Western Washington don’t have access to the meals they normally get at school, leaving many families in a difficult situation. This is where Kids Cafe comes in.
“The food is so good.” “Every day it’s something new.” “I like when they give me apples.” “I come to the Boys and Girls Club because you feed me."
What do these quotes have in common?
They all come from kids who are enjoying meals provided through your support of Kids Cafe.
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