Hi! Welcome to my Food Lifeline COVID-19 Response fundraising team. We are a group of 3 high-schoolers from the Lakeside School of Seattle. We're hoping to give back to the community we love by fundraising and raising awareness for food injustice/insecurity.
Is food insecurity really an issue in Seattle? Coming to face reality, about 13% of adults, and 51% of families with children in Seattle struggle to put food on the table. Additionally, 1 in 8 residents of Seattle reported to have gone hungry in the past year. Especially with the current pandemic, supplies decline even more as farms close and factories cease to produce the amount of food that they did before. These factors have DOUBLED the amount of people struggling with these insecurities. Those in need now have to wait hours in line just to receive a simple necessity in their lives, food.
Food insecurity has become a massive problem, when it shouldn’t be. We have 3 times the amount of food that we need in the U.S. to feed our population, and yet so many still feel pressured each day to keep themselves nourished. Thus, we have decided to team up with Food Lifeline to raise money and awareness for food insecurity.
As you may know, Food Lifeline is a hunger-relief organization that works to end hunger within our communities. They source millions of pounds of surplus food every year and redirect it to more than 300 food banks, shelters, and meal programs across Western Washington. With our help, they provide 134,000 meals every single day to people experiencing hunger in our communities. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Food Lifeline has changed the way they provide support. Their volunteer workforce was disbanded so they no longer can sort and re-pack donated food to be sent out to partnering food banks. In order to reduce food handling and ensure safety, they are currently purchasing large pallets of packaged, nutritious foods that will be made available to food banks.
If you would like to help Food Lifeline in their efforts to provide this food to people experiencing hunger during this critical time, please join our team and make a donation! Your help is greatly needed and just $1 can provide up to 4 nutritious meals.
Link to a video about their cause: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TaGutWo4SI