Food for Children
Statistics
  • The percentage of local youth eligible for free and reduced lunches has increased by 18% since 2008.  Approximately 35,000 school-aged children accessed free and reduced lunch in 2014.  They would fill our local arena over 2 times.  (Spokane County United Way, 2015)  

  • There are 300,00 children living in Washington state homes where parents struggle every day to feed their families nutritious meals.

    Four out of ten kids in Spokane County alone are served by SNAP (Washington state's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).  In Washington’s 5 northeastern counties, more than 51,000 children receive SNAP help. 

    A long term study found that adults who had access to food stamps as children were 18% more likely to graduate from high school than children who didn’t have food stamps. 

    SNAP makes a difference in our children going to bed hungry and going to the classroom better prepared to learn.  It’s clear the dividends from SNAP are their years down the road, building a better future for millions of American children.  (Source:  "Paola Maranan: SNAP vital to the well-being of children," Paola Maranan, Exec. Director of the Children's Alliance, The Spokesman-Review, Feb. 14, 2016)
What You Can Do
  • Donate food for weekend meals.  Spokane Valley Partners provides weekend meals for many of the 800 homeless students in Spokane Valley schools.  Participation ranges from pre-school through high school. 
Local Organizations
Additional Resources

SNAP
(Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program)
(877) 501-2233   Washington's Office
(800) 562-6906   Recipient Fraud
(888) 436-6392   Retailer Fraud
http://www.dshs.wa.gov
SNAP is crucial for our children.  It gives families a way to help feed children everyday.  SNAP makes a difference in our children going to bed hungry and coming to the classroom better prepared to learn.  It is clear the dividends from SNAP are there years down the road, building a better future for millions of American children.  (Source:  Paola Maranan, Exec. Director of the Children's Alliance)