As a community, we may not be facing starvation but we are facing food insecurity that is defined as the state of being without reliable access to sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Malnutrition based on access to poor quality food and unequal access to affordable healthy foods afflicts not just our community but throughout our nation.
At the Lynnwood Food Bank, we understand that food insecurity is a larger issue than just wondering where you are going to get the food to feed your family from, but that root causes are many and varied. Sometimes people are suffering a lay-off, lack of living wages, lack of food literacy, addiction, or one of the many other reasons that cause poverty. Unfortunately, the Food Bank cannot address all those causes, but we can make a difference in some of those areas for some of our families.
We are choosing to fight food literacy issues by providing more information about healthy foods options, how to prepare them, and offering cooking demonstrations.
We realize that many families have to choose between paying utilities, rent, gas to get to work, and groceries. We offer supplemental groceries to help make some of those choices easier for families. We also collaborate with The Salvation Army to offer financial assistance to contribute to utility bills and provide gasoline to help people get to work.
We have adopted a health initiative to help increase health equity to the lower income families of Lynnwood.
“The Lynnwood Food Bank's focus is ensuring that all residents of Lynnwood have access to nutritious foods no matter the content of their wallet. We are focusing on health equity by ensuring healthier food options, nutrition education, and empowering our neighbors to live healthier lives.”
As we make an effort to bring health equity to our community we have also partnered with Washington State University's SnohomishCounty's SNAP-Education program to provide cooking demonstrations and nutrition classes to our seniors and families that utilize our services.
As the City of Lynnwood expects to grow by 10,000 people over the next ten years, we are preparing to meet the challenges that will come with the growth of our city. If you would like to support our efforts, you may do so by:
1. Making healthy choices when planning your gifts
2. Donate fresh produce, meats, and dairy on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings for our Wednesday afternoon distribution
3. Share you expertise, recipes, and time
Thank you for your support of the Lynnwood Food Bank; we could not offer the services that we do if it were not for your gifts of time, money, and groceries.
Lynnwood Food Bank Director