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Skyrocketing food costs and the nation’s economic crisis are making it harder for people to obtain the nutritious food they need to survive and lead healthy lives. Through food banks, school programs and farmers markets we can reduce hunger and improve health throughout our region.

 

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tactics for giving to increase access to 
nutritious food
  • Support collaboration among food programs in order to better respond to hunger needs
  • Provide funding to help food banks consistently offer nutritious food
  • Support the availability of food for vulnerable residents
  • Support free, cultural appropriate meal programs for children year-round
  • Support efforts to connect local farmers markets with immigrant growers, food banks and use of food stamps
The Seattle Foundation evaluated organization
Between 2007-2009 an average of 14% of Washington households struggled with hunger.
Success Story
Urban Community Farm Feeds Low-income Families and Creates Jobs
Located in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle, Marra Farm is a model urban community farm. The farm grows organic produce to feed low-income families, provide food for South Park Elementary after-school programs, distribute to a senior citizen lunch program and sell at the University District Farmers Market through an employment program for at-risk youth.
Stay Informed:

Hungry in Washington
Hungry in Washington presents national data from the most recent USDA report on food insecurity and hunger in America, including food insecurity and hunger prevalence for Washington and the state’s ranking for food insecurity.
Hunger in America 2010
Hunger in America 2010 is one of the largest studies of domestic hunger, providing comprehensive and statistically valid data on the emergency food distribution system and the people that Feeding America serves.
Social and Health Indicators Across King County
The Communities Count Partnership is committed to improving community health and well-being through information advocacy—providing accurate and timely reports on conditions that matter to King County residents.
Financial and Geographic Barriers to Shopping at Grocery Stores
Those living in poverty often turn to corner markets and gas station mini marts for food.
Challenges in Serving Rural American Children through the Summer Food Service Program
This brief outlines the results of a study of potential barriers to locating more programs in rural areas to provide meals to low-income students when school is not in session, and participation in those programs by rural children.
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