A Note from our President: 2016 Yearly Report to Donors

Feed Washington Donors,

 

Since our inception in 2003, and because of your generosity, we have distributed a grand total of $368,323, providing 730,758 meals to hungry children in our state! We are grateful for your continued support, as we couldn’t have done this without you.

 

2016 was an incredible year for Feed Washington as we focused our attention on providing weekend food packs to hungry children in Ballard schools and in the Lake Washington School District (LWSD) via our partner charities Ballard Food Bank and Hopelink Pantry Packs.

 

Weekend food for kids resizedIn Ballard schools, the number of students receiving packs from the Ballard Food Bank's Weekend Food for Kids program rose from an average of 76 students during the 2015-16 school year to an average of 129 in 2016-17. Feed Washington continues to provide ongoing monthly support for this program, and since 2015, we have distributed a total of $43,300 directly to the program, enough to provide approximately 4,800 weekend food packs to the hungry kids in Ballard.

 

IMS Fairn the LWSD, we continue to be a major funding partner to Hopelink Pantry Packs' weekend food program which serves 740+ kids per week. You wouldn’t think the child hunger problem would be this severe in one of the most affluent communities in the nation but, with 315 homeless students in the district, the problem is real.

 

Our goal is to fund the LWSD Pantry Packs program with a monthly, recurring donation stream of $10,000. We’re proud to report that since starting our efforts in the LWSD in October 2015 we have generated $115,292 for the program. This equates to 82% of our funding goal. 

 

Our most memorable story from this year comes from a donor who works at Microsoft and rallied his entire department to raise over $23,000 for the kids of the LWSD! Feed Washington was thrilled to write that much needed check to the Hopelink Pantry Packs program in December.

 

On behalf of Feed Washington, and the hungry kids we serve, THANK YOU again for your generous support. Here’s to a prosperous 2017 as we press on together to end childhood hunger in our communities!

 

With Appreciation,

 

Eirik Olsen
President  |  Feed Washington