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For immediate release:
Nov. 21, 2012
WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, Washington
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Demand remains high for food banks statewide
OLYMPIA — New figures gathered by the
state Department of
Agriculture show there remains an increasing need
for food assistance, with 1 in 5 Washington residents
visiting a food bank at least once during this past
Between June 2011 and June 2012, there were
more than 8.6 million visits to food banks across
Washington state, 500,000 more visits than in the
previous year, according to the figures collected by the
WSDA’s Food Assistance Program.
show that, in the coming holiday season, we can expect
that food assistance programs will be stretched to meet
the need in many communities,” WSDA Director Dan
Newhouse said. “My hope is that new partnerships we’ve
formed with ranchers and dairy farmers, as well as
farmers producing a variety of fruits and vegetables,
will help to fill this need and that others will also
step up their efforts to help the hungry among us.”
The WSDA Food
Assistance Program uses both state and federal
funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
to provide food and money to food banks, meal programs
and tribal voucher programs in Washington that help feed
families in need. Often working with the state’s
agriculture community, the Food Assistance Program works
to alleviate hunger and provide access to safe and
Some key facts about feeding the
hungry this past year:
- The Food Assistance Program distributed 474
truckloads of USDA commodity foods to more than 1.4
- A total of 134 million pounds of food was
distributed, 4 million more pounds than in 2011.
- Each person received an average of 15.68 pounds
of food with each visit.
- On average, clients visited their local food
bank six times in the past year.
- WSDA works with nearly 500 emergency food
Every donation counts.
Those who would like to help can contact the Food Assistance
email@example.com or 360-725-5641.