Today’s post is a continuation of last week’s post regarding FamilyWorks Grocery Delivery Program. While the previous post highlighted one participant’s appreciation for the program, today’s post will focus on the need for the Grocery Delivery Program.
*Note – the following is an excerpt from a letter written by FamilyWorks’ Food Bank Manager Mike Cox –
“A substantial number of our communities most vulnerable people regularly experience hunger because they cannot physically access neighborhood food banks and meal programs. This problem is particularly severe among public housing residents for whom age, disability, serious illness and extreme poverty, as well as language and cultural issues, create tremendous barriers to accessing emergency food.
A recent survey of seven subsidized housing sites, in Seattle, for seniors and people living with disabilities found that 54 percent of the 188 households surveyed were food insecure, unable to acquire enough food at some point, because of insufficient money or a lack of resources for food. Fully 21% were classified as having very low food security. Food intake was reduced and their eating patterns disrupted because the household had inadequate access to healthy food.”
Since 2006 FamilyWorks has been delivering groceries to home-bound seniors and people living with disabilities. In 2016 FamilyWorks made over 2,700 deliveries of healthy food to participants in the Wallingford and Greenlake neighborhoods.
If you would like to help us meet the needs of our vulnerable home-bound community members go to the FamilyWorks “Join Us” page to see how you might support our food-insecure neighbors.