Food Bank

Environment
5:01 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Volunteers At Wash. Farms Gleaning The Fall Harvest To Fight Hunger, Food Waste

Gleaners ar at work at Clean Greens Farm in Duvall, Washington.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

Gleaning is an ancient word for a practice that dates back to Biblical times. Farmers allowed peasants to take leftover crops after the harvest was over. The practice has been making a comeback in recent years as a way to fight hunger locally and cut back on food waste. 

At Clean Greens Farm in Duvall, Washington, a field of kale is overflowing. It's been picked before, but it just keeps on coming, says farm manager Tommie Willis, as he leads a group of volunteers to one patch and shows them how to glean. 

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life lessons
5:01 am
Wed November 27, 2013

In Grays Harbor County, High School Rivalry Helps Feed Hungry

Hoquiam students cheer as they prepare to learn who's won this year's Food Ball competition.
Ed Ronco KPLU

If you drive through Grays Harbor County, it’s easy to notice the darkened storefronts and empty homes that signal the area’s economic struggles. But in the county with a poverty rate that's twice the state average, a long-standing rivalry between two high schools feeds the hungry.

For more than a century, the Hoquiam Grizzlies and the Aberdeen Bobcats have maintained one of Washington state’s biggest high school football rivalries. But it’s their rivalry in Food Ball that funds the majority of the county food banks' annual budget.

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low-income students
5:01 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Summit Focus on Feeding Low-Income Students on Weekends

Toby Talbot AP Photo

Schools feed low-income children breakfast and lunch during the week. But what about on the weekends?

That’s the subject of a backpack summit taking place in Seattle today. The goal is to figure out how to send kids home with backpacks filled with food on Fridays so they can start their week at school, ready to learn.

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NW Food Banks
3:31 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

Northwest food banks helping more families than ever

A food bank operated by Northwest Harvest in Seattle. As more strapped Americans rely on charity amid worsening economic gloom, operators of food banks and other charities are relying on the surprisingly resilient generosity of their neighbors.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Across the Northwest food banks are seeing more customers than ever. Now, Washington’s Department of Agriculture is asking farmers to increase their produce donations to aid the state’s hungry.

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