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Volunteers lend a helping hand to combat hunger throughout Washington

KOMO-TV Seattle 4 days ago Denise Whitaker, KOMO News Reporter
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It is startling to learn that about 40% of the food produced in our country ends up in landfills. That food is just tossed aside while more than one million Washingtonians don't have enough to eat. That includes more than 3,000 children. 

Food Lifeline is one local group working to get more food to more people. It transports more than 213,000 meals worth of food every day to food banks to reach those in need. That’s almost as many mouths that need to be fed every day in Tacoma.

“It breaks my heart," said Lynn Ernst, a Food Lifeline Volunteer. "I retired in July, and one of the things I started paying serious attention to is the price of food, and it’s been alarming.” 

David Mills, marketing director at Food Lifeline, often visits community food banks, where he meets people who must choose to pay rent, utilities or buy gas, instead of food.

And this is why KOMO news is jumping in to help Tackle Hunger right here where we all live, through raising awareness and money to feed our neighbors.

“It was during the pandemic that our members were letting us know that they needed support," said Gloria Dixon, director of philanthropy at BECU. "They needed help.” 

Dixon said BECU stepped up to help any way they could and they continue doing what they can today, with more than two dozen of their employees volunteering their time at Food Lifeline.

“My call to action to other individuals would be to get out and volunteer and give up your time,” said Dixon.

“Getting this food to the people who need it you know it’s a good feeling you have inside,” said Fergus Mills, a BECU employee, while sorting potatoes in the Food Lifeline warehouse.

Food Lifeline's always looking for more hands to help. They need more than 18.000 volunteers every year to get this work done. That means they need more than 55 volunteers a day working in the warehouse.

Volunteers lend a helping hand to combat hunger throughout Washington
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