Hunger relief agencies rely on financial, food and other in-kind donations from people and businesses in their community in order to feed hungry people. Find information about which foods can be safely donated, as well as their handling requirements to ensure food safety, and understand your protections under the "Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act."
In the fight against hunger, not only do we want to make sure that hungry Washingtonians get enough to eat, but that they also enjoy balanced nutrition and delicious meals. We've compiled tons of resources for cooking on a budget, including kid-friendly recipes, recipes in Spanish, as well as dietary guidelines from the USDA and additional nutrition guidance for older aduilts, pregnant women, new mothers and young children.
During the 2019 legislative session, Washington State adopted a goal to reduce the amount of food waste generated across our state by 50% by 2030. This goal was established to reduce the wasting of resources and other harmful environmental impacts of wasting food, and to fight hunger by "rescuing" good, edible food and getting it to food banks, meal programs, and other hunger relief agencies where it can be put to use. Everyone has a part to play in order to meet this goal.
WSDA is pleased to support Washington State Department of Health's (DOH) FINI programs, which increase access to healthy foods by making them more accessible and affordable for SNAP/Basic Food participants. Through FINI, SNAP shoppers can stretch their benefits at participating Farmers Markets, Safeway Supermarkets and Health Systems. WSDA supports FINI by distributing outreach materials to food pantries and meal programs so that their clients know how and where to access more fresh fruits and vegetables.