Help Make King County Hunger Free

The Basic Food program supported 1,097,281 low-income individuals and families in Washington state in November 2012, but two-thirds of eligible seniors do not take advantage of the program. Read more in the June 2012 issue of AgeWise King County. 

It's no surprise that during a time of high unemployment and decreasing government funding, more and more people struggle to make ends meet, but did you know that one in six King County residents will struggle to put food on the table this year?

Factors like chronic health problems (which affect a person's ability to access and prepare food), increased medical expenses, and the rising costs of living increases hunger among older adults at an even higher level.

When you look around, ask yourself, "Who is the one in six in my life? What can I do to change this growing problem?"

To solve hunger in our community, the first step is to learn more about the issue. The following events are great ways to kick-start your knowledge:

Attend "Good Food, Good Health, Good Life on a Budget" (March 8, 2013)

The ADS Advisory Council and United Way of King County invite you to join a pre-Hunger Week event featuring a free lunch and an informative program about eating healthy on a budget and ways you can help others who are experiencing difficulty accessing enough food and learn about resources. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. at the South East Seattle Senior Center (4655 S Holly St., Seattle). Seats and lunches are limited so pre-registration is required. Be sure to RSVP early (206-722-0317 or sessc@seniorservices.org).

Make a difference—sign up to participate in Hunger Action Week (March 2531)

United Way of King County's Hunger Action Week is March 25-31. When you register to learn more about hunger and ways you can help, Car Toys will generously donate $5 to anti-hunger efforts in King County. Sign up and then spread the news to your family and friends so they can sign up, too. To learn more and have $5 donated in your name, click here.

Take the Food Stamp Challenge

Could you eat three healthy meals a day on the average food-stamp budget of $7 a day? Challengers open our hearts and minds to the realities of hunger by sharing their experiences throughout the week on Facebook, Twitter (#hungerfreeKC) and the United Way blog.

Take the Food Security Survey

As the final event for Hunger Action Week, United Way is looking for volunteers to help conduct a countywide Food Security Survey on Saturday, March 30, 2013 (10 a.m.–1 p.m.). The results of this survey enable organizations to understand who in King County is at risk for hunger and how best to serve them. This is a fun volunteer opportunity for individuals and groups alike. For more information or to register, click here or e-mail BasicNeeds@uwkc.org.

Thanks for your help in making King County hunger free!

—Linda Sue Woodall, United Way of King County community impact manager, is a staff liaison to the ADS Advisory Council. Lydia Jean Albert is a volunteer mobilizer with United Way of King County's Hunger Free King County Team.