July 22, 2016

Advocacy

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Like most food banks, our primary focus is on providing our clients and their families with nutritious food. Providing food is important, but it doesn’t address the underlying cause of hunger.

That’s why we also advocate on behalf of our clients. Join our Advocacy Network and we’ll send you e-mail alerts about pressing public policy issues affecting the lives of Food Connection clients. We’ll even send you sample messages you can send to your elected officials to make your voice heard. A few minutes can make a real difference in the lives of the people we serve each day. To join the Advocacy Network, e-mail advocacy@foodconnection.org.

Below are links to some of our community partners working to address the underlying causes of hunger:

Washington Food Coalition
Washington State Anti-Hunger and Nutrition Coalition
Children’s Alliance
Food Research and Action Center

Hunger causes difficult choices

• 51 percent of the hungry people using food banks must choose between food and paying for heat.

• 40 percent of the hungry people using food banks must choose between food and paying for medicine or medical care.

• 40 percent of the hungry people using food banks must choose between food and rent.

• Nearly 43 percent of the people who are emergency food recipients in Western Washington are food insecure. This means that these individuals do not know when they will eat again and often times go to bed hungry

• More than 18 percent of the hungry people in Western Washington have been refused medical care because they could not pay or because they had a Medicaid or Medical Assistance card.