Advocacy for Partner Programs
January 22, 2020
Growing Food Justice Across Washington
Last updated 9/1/2020
As a result of COVID-19, the number of Washingtonians who cannot put food on their tables has more than doubled. Over the last few months, we have worked with partners all over the state to get healthy food where it’s needed.
Northwest Harvest has dramatically increased our distribution of nutritious food to partner food banks and meal programs. Our partners are finding ways to safely deliver and package food for pick-up so people can get what they need for their families to stay healthy.
If you need food, please see our Hunger Response Network map and list.
NOTE: Many food programs have adjusted hours or services in response to the pandemic.
If you have recently lost your job or had your hours cut back, SNAP is here to help!
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program SNAP is money to buy food from grocery stores, convenience stores, farmers markets, and other certified retailers. Everyone has the right to apply for SNAP, including in the case of sudden or temporary job loss.
To apply, visit Washington Connection or the Benefit Finder on ParentHelp123. These websites also provide eligibility information for additional public benefits programs for food or health care. Get grocery money for your out-of-school student
Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) provides eligible families with school-aged children up to $399 per child to buy groceries. To determine eligibility, apply for SNAP or fill out a school meal application with your local school district.
Access to school meals
During the COVID-19 school closures, all children and teens who are students can access grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches. Visit USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s page for a list of school meal distribution sites or communications from your local school district.
This fact sheet (PDF) with additional information about public nutrition assistance programs will be updated periodically as new changes are made.
We are doing what we do best—distributing healthy food to locations throughout the state and advocating for policies that leave fewer empty cupboards to begin with. We are:
We are in urgent need of healthy volunteers. We have open volunteer shifts at three of our locations: Yakima Distribution Center, Spokane Distribution Center, and SODO Community Market.
Please email email@example.com to sign up for a shift and learn more.
The well-being of our volunteers is extremely important to Northwest Harvest. To keep volunteers safe, we’ve put the following practices in place across all our locations:
Serving Northwest Harvest and our community is a personal decision. We encourage volunteers to make choices based on what is best for their well-being. For those who feel uncomfortable, we understand. It is OK to stay home.
See our volunteer update regarding Gov. Inslee’s “stay home, stay healthy” order.
Support Northwest Harvest as we ensure people do not go hungry during this crisis. Donate Here.
Distributing Emergency Food with an Eye Toward Equity – Seattle Times Op-Ed by Northwest Harvest CEO, Thomas Reynolds. May 14, 2020. Our goal is to get nutritious food to those who need it and ensure that no one goes hungry in Washington during this pandemic.
Thank you for refusing to stand by and let people go hungry during this pandemic. To support this unprecedented need, we launched our COVID-19 Response Fund on March 1st. This community has shown incredible support and dedication to ensuring people have equitable access to nutritious food. Thanks to you, we have been able to work with our partners across the state.
Among food donors, we are especially indebted to Inaba Produce Farms in the Yakima Valley. Their “fresh box” partnership is supplementing our emergency food boxes with nutritious produce, supplying diverse fruits and vegetables to thousands of families per week.