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. Stay informed to learn about more opportunities to get involved!