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The Truth About Hunger

Why Our Work is Important

Each day, far too many of our Washington neighbors face hunger.

Northwest Harvest believes equitable access to nutritious food is a catalyst for achieving stability. If every person at risk of hunger had consistent access to nutritious food, our communities would be healthier and stronger.

We invite you to visit our dedicated Hunger in Washington site. Here, you can find data on food security, poverty, and community demographics issues in local communities for all 39 counties in Washington.

HUNGER IN WASHINGTON

  • One million Washington residents visited a food bank in the past year.
  • 1 in 10 Washingtonians consistently struggle with hunger.
  • 1 in 6 Washington kids live in a household that faces challenges in putting enough food on the table.
  • 1 in 8 Washingtonians live below the poverty line.
  • 1 in 8 Washingtonians relies on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to purchase food. Half of all people on SNAP are kids.
  • The majority of working-age Washingtonians living in poverty are working or actively looking for work. Many work more than one job.
  • Washington State ranks 10th in the country in overall wealth—and ranks 34th in food insecurity.

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Nutritious meals provided each month

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1 in 6 Washington kids live in a household that faces challenges in putting enough food on the table

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1 in 8 Washingtonians live below the poverty line

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1 in 8 Washingtonians relies on SNAP (food stamps), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Hunger isn’t just the absence of food—it’s the absence of justice.

To truly end hunger, we must look at ending practices that continually widen gaps in community access while also building a more just food system.

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