Our Community Responds

From the food industry to volunteers, everyone in Western Washington has a vital role to play in solving the hunger logistics problem. These are the stories of how our community is responding and contributing.

A True Picture of Service!

“When you work with people who’re doing things for others with their own time, it gives you faith in the people in your own country,” Bud says, describing his volunteer experience with Food Lifeline.

Bud, 77, first got involved in our hunger-relief work through his church. He’s always felt it’s important to help others, and after more than 60 members of his congregation came together to give their time in Food Lifeline’s warehouse, he began visiting regularly to help.

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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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Taking It to the Streets

Every single day Food Lifeline rescues thousands of pounds of food – and every single day Food Lifeline delivers thousands of pounds of food. That’s a lot of coming and going! Fortunately we have a serious fleet of heroes to help us – our drivers! 

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Local Entrepreneur and Mom Fights Hunger

For years, Janet identified as a businesswoman, working to grow her woven textiles company. She later transitioned from this role to being a full-time parent to her son. When he grew up and went to college, Janet was ready for her next adventure.

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Food Frenzy 2017 Awards & Results

WOW, Food Frenzy Superstars! It has been an incredible two weeks and we want to thank you all for your generous participation in Food Frenzy 2017! We've had another record-breaking year because of YOU! You rallied your coworkers, raised funds, volunteered, collected food, and knocked it out of the ballpark. We are very excited to announce these TERRIFIC results:

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From Kale to Yale

When it comes to volunteering, Rachel Rosenberg is a rock star. Since February, Rachel has dedicated 2-3 of her mornings every week to helping out in the Hunger Solution Center – racking up over 100 hours of food sorting!

“What Food Lifeline is doing is really important and where it’s at with what it’s doing is really important,” Rachel says. “As a society we tend to chuck [the food], but there’s no reason why someone can’t eat that food and that is perfectly healthy and safe.”

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Corporate Partner Spotlight: Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

This month we are highlighting our partnership with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. The company and its employees are highly engaged with Food Lifeline, regularly volunteering, donating wine for events and providing leadership on our Board of Directors.

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President's 2018 Budget Is Like a Bad Dream

Earlier this month Congress passed a bipartisan budget agreement for 2017. It included increased funding for TEFAP and fully funded the expected caseloads for other federal nutrition programs like SNAP, WIC, and school meals. 

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Corporate Spotlight: Sound Community Bank

This month, we are highlighting our partnership with Sound Community Bank, our Food Frenzy Presenting Sponsor. Since 2011, the employees of Sound Community Bank have rallied together each summer to participate in Food Frenzy and creatively raise funds and volunteer. The Sound Community Bank team’s participation has raised over $50,000 – enough to provide more than 250,000 meals for the people Food Lifeline serves throughout Western Washington.

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Volunteers are Key to Wiping out Hunger

It is 10am on a Wednesday. The setting is the cavernous Food Lifeline warehouse where 20 Farmers Insurance claims adjusters are sorting surplus food. Why are they doing this? In a nutshell, because it feeds their souls.

And they are happy to weigh in about the inherent satisfaction in reducing hunger.

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