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Basic Needs 

Basic Needs: Serving Food 

From affordable housing to nutritious food, basic needs are essential to the well-being of all residents—and the community at large.

 

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Increase affordable housing
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Increase access to healthy food
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Prevent homelessness
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Habitat for Humanity Seattle - King County »Since 1986, Habitat's local affiliate has built and renovated over 160 homes, providing simple, decent affordable housing in partnership with very low-income families.
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Children's Home Society of Washington »Children's Home Society of Washington (CHSW) is the largest statewide children's non-profit organization dedicated to providing exceptional and innovative services to Washington's children and families.
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Post-Prison Education Program »The goal of the Post-Prison Education Program is to dramatically reduce recidivism by harnessing the power of education.
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The Seattle Foundation evaluated organization
Recent Foundation Activities
Benefit for Low-income Shoppers Extended at Seattle Farmers Markets
Seattle will extend its Fresh Bucks program that helps food-stamp recipients afford fruits and vegetables at the city’s farmers markets through the end of the year instead of ending it Oct. 31 as originally planned.
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.
On January 27, 2012, the One Night Count saw 2,594 people living on the streets of King County.
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The Growing Housing Crisis in King County
A fact sheet on homelessness and housing affordability in King County
End Childhood Hunger in Washington: Strategic Plan
This report examines the feasibility and challenges of ending childhood hunger in our state.
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.
"One Night Count" Shows More People Lack Basic Shelter
3,117 men, women and children had no shelter in King County last night, an increase over those found without shelter last year. During the 2013 Count, volunteers found 2,736 people surviving outside without shelter.
Household Food Security in the United States
This report presents statistics on households’ food security, food expenditures, and use of food and nutrition assistance programs for 2012.

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