Here at Food Lifeline, we focus on finding innovative ways to end hunger across Western Washington. Hunger research, compiled by us and others, help us determine where the greatest need lies and where we need to direct resources and shape our programs. These statistics are also used in conversations with lawmakers, donors, and community members to communicate the importance of the work Food Lifeline does to end hunger in Western Washington.
Since 1995, the United States Department of Agriculture, using data from surveys conducted annually by the Census Bureau, has released national and state estimates of the number of people in households that are food insecure. Food insecure households are those that are not able to afford an adequate diet at all times in the past 12 months.
Every two years, Food Lifeline researches and prepares the Missing Meals Report to ensure we know the current state of hunger in Western Washington and to ensure our programs are responding to the need. After examining all the meals already provided through government programs, food banks, along with the meals people are able to purchase themselves, Food Lifeline’s Missing Meals Report estimates that there still 112 million meals missing for people in need every year in Western Washington.
Hunger in America is a nationwide study that provides data on who is accessing food banks and meal programs, as well as the needs and challenges of the programs themselves. The study is conducted every 4 years though the leadership of Feeding America. Food Lifeline is able to provide detailed data for Western Washington and Washington State.
Map the Meal Gap shows key factors affecting hungry families in Western Washington, and provides the following data for every county and congressional district in Western Washington and in the United States.