BENEFITING: NORTHWEST HARVEST
USDA once again will lead the 2017 Feds Feed Families (FFF) campaign with the support of the Chief Human Capital Officers Council and other agency partners. The campaign will officially begin on June 1, 2017 and run through August 31, 2017. Feds Feed Families was created to help food banks and pantries stay stocked during summer months when they traditionally see a decrease in donations and an increase in need. In Washington, Northwest Harvest receives collections and distributes them through its network of 375 food banks, meal programs, and high need schools. Through the amazing generosity of federal employees, this national food drive has collected nearly 70 million pounds of food for those in need. Last year alone, more than 12.5 million pounds were donated and provided to food banks and pantries. Even as the economy grows stronger, there are still too many people struggling to put food on the table. Here are the facts when it comes to hunger in the State of Washington:
- Washington is the 23rd hungriest state in the nation.
- 1 in 5 kids in Washington state lives in a household that struggles to put food on the table.
- 1 in 7 Washingtonians relies on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP (food stamps), which is severely threatened by budget cuts. Half of all people on SNAP are kids.
- The majority of working-age Washingtonians who live in poverty are actively working or looking for work.
- Since the start of the recession in 2008, Washington has cut more than $12 billion in discretionary spending from our state's operating budget, all in the areas of public safety, higher education and basic needs services.
- 1 in 5 Washingtonians relies on their local food bank.