Hunger & Food Insecurity

The Facts:

  • An estimated 1 in 4 children in Washington suffer from hunger.
  • Households with children and seniors suffer from hunger in greater percentages than other households.

Food Security means access to enough safe and nutritious food at all times to live an active, healthy life. Without help from concerned neighbors many parents here in West Seattle would not have the resources to provide enough nutritious food to adequately feed their family. Many seniors would have to make choices between maintaining their house, paying for medicine and utilities or paying for food.  Poor nutrition can lead to serious health and cognitive consequences for children and adults. West Seattle Food Bank is committed to making sure that those in our community have access to the resources they need to lead a healthy life.

Jacki’s Story

“Thank you so much for my food delivery.  It definitely helps.  Living by myself, on oxygen 24/7, and depending on the bus for transportation, it’s difficult to get to and haul stuff women deliveringhome from the store.  Not to mention living on an extremely tight budget.  Again, Thanks!”    -Jacki

After receiving this note we called Jacki to talk with her more about how this service helped her. She was eager to talk with us and wanted us to share her appreciation with our supporters so you could know how your gifts make a difference.

Jacki worked all of her life in a variety of jobs that kept her on her feet.  About 7 years ago, while working at a shop in the Seattle Center making jewelry, she had a pulmonary embolism and was rushed to the Emergency Room.  She was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  As a result, she needed to use oxygen 24 hours a day, seven days a week and she was unable to continue working. She eventually started receiving Social Security Disability payments and had some assistance with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also referred to as food stamps) but her life was drastically different.

For seven years she struggled to make ends meet and get groceries.  Taking a bus to the store, carrying the groceries home and getting them up the stairs to her apartment, all the time carrying her oxygen with her, was very difficult.  Neighbors and friends often helped but it was troubling to ask for help all the time.  Her brother suggested she contact the West Seattle Food Bank. Because of supporters, like you, we are able to deliver groceries weekly to over 170 individuals.

It is the support of many, many people in this community that have made this service possible. Financial donations help us make specific purchases to maintain a standard with our home deliveries. Donations of food help us to add variety to our home delivery bags with items that we do not normally purchase.  Our dedicated home delivery volunteers load up their cars every single week to deliver groceries to home-bound seniors and the disabled.

Jacki’s gratitude was evident and The West Seattle Food Bank would like to thank you for helping to serve Jacki.