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Local Action, Statewide Impact: A Coordinated Response to Hunger During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated food insecurity across our state, and Washington’s response by statewide agencies was swift. But the state’s gap analysis must and can be more effective with local action. Local hunger tasks forces include trusted messengers for diverse populations and can analyze and inform the state’s analysis with a community-driven, equity focused lens; local hunger task forces can use this information to inform their existing work closing gaps quickly and effectively.

Webinar Recording

This webinar discussed the need for local coordination of resources to respond to hunger during COVID-19, how this work can inform the state’s food security coordination purposes, and gave examples of existing coordination groups.


Model Team Structure Fact Sheet

Local coordinated response to hunger is most effective when there is multi-sector collaboration, working together to break down barriers to existing resources. Our model team structure identifies key players that can enhance coordination efforts by bringing together organizations with expertise in securing volunteer and funding resources, distributing food resources, providing logistical support, and critiquing with an equity lens.


Statewide Briefing and County/Region-Specific Fact Sheets

Below are summaries of findings from a statewide survey, identifying existing local coordination efforts, ideas for coordination needs, resource gaps in communities, and information about special populations currently receiving services. County fact sheets are limited to those areas with sufficient responses to substantiate analysis.