Skagit Valley Neighbors In Need closely partners with both Food Lifeline and NorthWest Harvest. Both of these companies make it possible for us to achieve our goal of providing for those who need our help. Below is a little more information about these companies.
Food Lifeline has this to say about themselves;
Food Lifeline rescues food and provides meals to end hunger today for thousands of people across Western Washington. We’re also working hard regionally to provide a long-term solution to hunger that ensures that everybody has enough food to eat.
We rescue millions of pounds of this surplus food from farmers, manufacturers, grocery stores, and restaurants.
Volunteers sort and repack this food in our 130,000-square-foot Hunger Solution Center, where we distribute it to more than 300 food banks, shelters, and meal programs throughout Western Washington, providing the equivalent of 97,000 meals every day to people in need.
At the same time, we are working to activate allies and advocates to help shape policy, while partnering with organizations that are addressing the needs of low-income families.
That’s why we say “Hunger Doesn’t Have to Happen.”
Founded in 1979, Food Lifeline is led by a board of directors that represents our community and the food industry. Food Lifeline employs a staff of more than 100 dedicated team members, from truck drivers to food industry specialists, who all bring a passion to stopping hunger to their work.
Food Lifeline is a proud member of the Feeding America network. This relationship allows us to bring hunger-stopping best practices, relationships with national food brands and food surpluses from sister agencies back to Western Washington.
The mission of Northwest Harvest is leading the fight for hungry people statewide to have access to nutritious food while respecting their dignity and promoting good health. Our vision is ending hunger in Washington.
Northwest Harvest is the only nonprofit food bank distributor operating statewide in Washington with a network of 375 food banks, meal programs and high-need schools. Through this network, we provide 2 million meals every month.
We are committed to nutrition. Northwest Harvest has decades of experience in promoting healthy eating while reducing hunger. We uphold high standards and ensure our supply of nutritious, in-demand products by purchasing a significant share of our food directly. Two-thirds of the food we provide consists of highly nutritious fruits and vegetables.
With distribution centers in western, eastern, coastal and central Washington, Northwest Harvest reaches rural communities where people in need would otherwise go hungry. We require that our partner food banks provide Northwest Harvest food freely to anyone hungry enough to ask, respecting our clients’ dignity while serving their need. For 50 years we’ve been committed to lifting up the voices of those in need across the state, and we are doing more today than ever before.
We distributed 24 million meals last year, serving people in need in every county in Washington. Northwest Harvest relies on your donations to help us achieve our mission. Every penny of our food and operating funds comes from individuals, businesses, foundations and other organizations, and 90 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to food distribution.