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More hungry kids: What can we do? Send to Friend
By: Donna Pierce  -  11/24/2009
From a recent Children's Alliance report, "Hungry in Washington 2009": "Estimated Washing-ton households who are food insecure rose from 255,000 in 2007 to 288,000 in 2008, a 13 percent increase. 112,000 households met the definition for hunger (“very low food insecurity”), up 22,000 or 24 percent. Rates of hunger are higher in households with children; the Children’s Alliance estimates that 373,000 children live in households that struggle to put food on the table on a regular basis. Nationally, 22.5 percent of American children live in households [that] experience food insecurity."

So, are we ok with children being hungry in Washington state? We can tolerate hunger in OTHER people's children as long as ours are ok? What can we do, people, beyond giving more money and food to WCFB (which, hate to tell you, only serves a small portion of White Center's food insecure households)? We need better solutions than food banking, important though it is. We need to get food stamps into the hands of folks who need help, we need a backpack program for our kids (backpacks filled with food that children take home on weekends), maybe a Kids' Cafe. If you're interested in coming together to brainstorm ideas about how to help feed our kids in White Center, please leave a comment or send me an email mailto:donna.pierce@comcast.net White Center is pretty small--we can feed all our kids, we really can.

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