We all know hunger and food insecurity was a crisis before the pandemic, and COVID-19 revealed how widespread. As many as 2.1 million of our neighbors in Washington experienced food insecurity during the pandemic. That’s one in five. And while some areas of the economy are improving, for those most vulnerable to the impact of the pandemic recovery will take years. At the beginning of the pandemic, we often heard the phrase, “the pandemic doesn’t discriminate” but as we learned about the growing impact of the pandemic related to hunger and food insecurity Black, Indigenous, immigrant, and refugee communities were twice as likely to face hunger – up to 2 in five, or 40%. That’s why there has never been a more important time to Take Action to End Hunger.
During Hunger Action Month, we are asking you to join us on our mission to feed those experiencing hunger today and end hunger tomorrow. Invite your friends to a repack session in our warehouse or volunteer together at one of our partner agencies. Make your voice heard by joining our team of advocates and asking your representatives to address the root causes of hunger. Challenge your family to host a virtual food drive.
This month we will be taking action by addressing hunger being faced by military families, service members, and veterans across western Washington. One in five members of military families experience food insecurity and we need advocates like you to make a change. We will be providing opportunities to contact your local and federal lawmakers and easy ways for you to spread awareness on your social media.
Keep an eye out all month long for opportunities to Take Action to End Hunger.
“Gesa Credit Union is committed to making a positive impact in the communities we serve. As a member-owned financial cooperative, we prioritize community outreach and giving with a particular focus on education. We know that kids who don’t get enough to eat are more likely to have problems in school than kids who are well-fed. Organizations like Second Harvest and Food Lifeline are working to alleviate food insecurity and end child hunger across the State. We’re honored to support them as we work toward a world in which every child has a great education – and enough to eat”
– Rafael Saucedo, Community Relations Specialist