Hunger can happen to anyone. It's the child that sits next to your child at school. It's the family down the street, where both parents are working, but pay so much for health insurance and child care that it's hard to make ends meet. It's the senior citizen waiting with you at the bus stop who worked hard and saved for retirement but is now facing a depleted retirement account and outrageous prescription costs.
Every year over 745,000 people turn to Food Lifeline, seeking food assistance at one of the 275 food banks, meal programs and shelters we stock. Although it’s often hidden, hunger is a real and pressing problem here in Western Washington.
Of the people Food Lifeline serves in Western Washington:
Every two years, Food Lifeline researches and prepares the Missing Meals Report to ensure we know the current state of hunger in Western Washington and to ensure our programs are responding to the need.
After examining all the meals already provided through government programs, food banks, along with the meals people are able to purchase themslves, Food Lifeline's Missing Meals Report estimates that there still 112 million meals missing for people in need every year in Western Washington. These numbers reflect data for 2012, the most recent year data is available.
That’s 308,000 meals, every day that children, seniors and adults in our communities need in order to be adequately fed. Without these meals 690,000 people in our communities are going without three nutritious meals a day.
Read the full report here and learn how you can help Food Lifeline to replace these missing meals for our neighbors in need.