The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented demand for food at food banks, shelters, and meal programs across the US. For example, 95% of food banks in the Feeding America network are reporting a 40%-70% average increase in demand for food in the communities they serve. Western Washington is no exception. Food Lifeline (a subsidiary of Feeding America) partner agency The White Center Food Bank, has seen a dramatic increase in guests. Before the novel coronavirus outbreak, they typically served 60–80 families per week. When the crisis began, that number crept up to about 350 families. Now, it’s around 1,000 families per week — and still growing.
Food Lifeline, with the help of the Washington National Guard, has been packing emergency food boxes and joining food bank partners in distributing them at drive through mobile food distribution sites throughout King County, also known as CPODs or Community Points of Distributions. Each box contains approximately $30 worth of food like canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned meat, non-meat protein, ready to eat meals, grains, and cereals. We are also producing dairy boxes (containing eggs, milk, cheese, etc.) and produce boxes (containing perishable produce like greens and fresh fruit).
It is our goal to donate 100 boxes of food to be distributed here in Western Washington. You can help by donating $30 = 1 box.