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Hunger in WA

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1 in 5 kids in Washington struggles with hunger

1 in 5 kids in Washington struggles with hunger

Hunger in WA

Hunger is a problem that threatens our future. Washington is the 22nd hungriest state in the nation. We can’t build a strong future on empty stomachs.

Who is hungry in Washington? A surprisingly high number of our neighbors, friends and families. Children and the elderly are the most affected, making up over 50 percent of the people utilizing the emergency food system. They are not just the homeless; they are the working poor, households headed by women, families suffering crises such as a layoff, medical emergency or domestic abuse.

Northwest Harvest is fighting hunger by providing nutritious food statewide and working to eliminate the root causes of hunger. We do this entirely free of charge, and we serve people with respect and dignity as well as food.  We believe hunger is a problem we can solve.

Learn what you can do to eliminate hunger in your community.

WA Hunger Facts

Washington is the 22nd hungriest state in the nation, ranking 14.3% for food insecurity.

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Hunger’s Impact

Child development, education, health and economics are all impacted by hunger in our communities.

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Hunger Resources

Hunger Resources

Eliminating hunger requires addressing its root causes. Find resources to help you learn more including downloadable fact sheets, info graphics, reports, a glossary of terms and other timely information on hunger and poverty.

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Focus on Food Security

Focus on Food Security

Since 2007, we’ve conducted focus groups with hundreds of food bank clients in different communities across Washington and shared their stories with our coalitions, legislators and others who help fight hunger through policy work. Our annual focus group reports seek to amplify the voices of those we serve.

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How to Help

How to Help

All of our food and operating funds come from generous individuals, businesses and foundations—literally neighbors helping neighbors to stop hunger.

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