The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that the number of households in Washington to experience food insecurity increased by 27% in 2008, from 288,000 to 367,000, according to the Seattle PI. Northwest Harvest, an organization dedicated to alleviating hunger, responded in kind by distributing 33% more food. The organization's efforts target any Washingtonian experiencing hunger, yet focuses great effort on supplying meals to children and the elderlythe people most affected by a limited diet.
If this Grassroots campaign raises $550, then Northwest Harvest can distribute 2,500 meals to people with low incomes. Each additional $11 will fund another 50 meals. Northwest Harvest will distribute the meals through its network of partners, including more than 325 food banks and meal programs peppered across the state. Through its massive buying power, the organization can supply a family of three with three nutritious meals that each contain helpings of fruit and vegetables for just $0.67.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
Northwest Harvest took root more than four decades ago when a group of community leaders got together to empower underserved people. The group learned that hunger was one of the largest causes for concern in Seattle and beyond. As the years passed, Northwest Harvest's leaders found that it was more than the underserved populations who experienced food insecurity, and in fact many out-of-work middle-class families were in the same situation. So they worked to establish a partnership network of more than 325 food banks and meal programs to help extend their reach and supply nutritious food to people across the state.
Today Northwest Harvest focuses on delivering healthful meals and teaching families about nutrition while reducing overall hunger in a way that respects individual dignity. With the organization's partnership network, thousands of volunteers prepare more than 1.6 million healthful meals every month with adequate servings of fruit and vegetables. Furthermore, the distribution centers are spaced across the region to ensure rural and urban communities have an equal access to food.
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