Member Agencies

Keep On Truckin'

When Helping Hands Food Bank needed a new truck to transport food, they didn't let a little thing like money stand in their way! Read on for a first-hand account of how one of our agency partners was able to pool resources from their community in order to purchase a new truck for their food bank. 

By Becky Larsen, Executive Director, Helping Hands Food Bank

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Public Policy Team Visits Pierce County Agencies

At the end of June, our Public Policy team paid a visit to some of our partner food banks in Pierce County. Taking the day to explore, we visited the Sumner Community Food Bank, the Eatonville Family Agency, SE Tacoma FISH, and St. Leo’s Food Connection in Tacoma. We also had a few special visitors stop by some of the food banks with us!

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Food Sourcing: Getting More Produce

For the second time this year, our member food banks and meal programs gathered together for a regional workshop. Our network of 275 food banks, meal programs, and shelters operate all over Western Washington, so we were excited by the chance to meet with many of the agencies from Kitsap, Mason, Clallam and Jefferson Counties.

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A Food Bank Summit

Our member food banks, meal programs, and shelters are the foundation for so much of Food Lifeline’s work. Scattered across Western Washington, these programs work hard every day to make sure people in your neighborhood get the food or meal they need. In fact, 35% of our member agencies are staffed entirely by volunteers!

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University District Food Bank Finds New Home

The current location for the University District Food Bank in Seattle is a mere 800 square feet in size and has limited storage, shopping space, and no waiting area for clients. Even though they are one of the smallest, they are one of the busiest food banks in the city.

But there’s good news – they’re moving in to a new home!

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Things Are Looking Up For One Marysville Family

Texas transplants, Amanda and Ed have always been able to provide for their four children, including Jordan, 14, Trevor, 11, Preston, 10 and little Shaylee, 3. But when Ed found himself unemployed for a long stretch, things got tough.

“The kids sometimes have a hard time understanding why they have to sell things, downsize, move away, etc.,” says Amanda.

Fortunately, Ed got a job at Boeing this year and moved his family north from Texas. It was the right move, but according to Amanda, it’s wasn’t an overnight process.

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Thanks To You We Keep Growing

With your help, many of our programs are growing. Here is a quick overview of how your support will reach more hungry neighbors across Western Washington.

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Backpack Programs Keep Kids Full Through the Weekend

While most students look forward to the weekend, many kids worry about how they‘ll eat without the breakfasts and lunches provided at school. One solution is to start a backpack program. 

These programs come in all shapes and sizes, but they all revolve around the idea of providing kids with easily accessible food to last through the weekend. This past year, we were able to secure a grant from Morgan Stanley to help two of these agencies expand their important backpack programs.

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Do You Know Where Wahkiakum County is? We do.

When you support Food Lifeline, you are helping neighbors across 17 counties and 44,000 square miles. Regardless of what county you live in, you deserve to have access to the food you need and to feed your family. Each year we review pound for pound where our food goes and challenge ourselves to find new and better ways to reach underserved counties. The great news is this year we partnered with four new amazing agencies to deliver more food to four high-need counties; Grays Harbor, Island, Pacific, and Wahkiakum. Allow us to introduce our four newest member agencies:

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Hunger in America: The Food Program Landscape

In a four part blog series, we examine hunger in Western Washington and the impact it has on individuals, families and emergency food providers. As part of the Hunger in America Study, Food Lifeline surveyed our member agency food banks, meal programs and emergency shelters, as well as their clients, to get a comprehensive look at whose hungry, the effects of hunger, and how people cope. From raw data came real stories.

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