SEATTLE — The community helped KING 5 raise more than 21 million meals for Home Team Harvest, Washington state’s largest annual food drive, in 2021.
The campaign raised 21.5 million meals, exceeding its goal by 500,000 meals.
All funds and donations will go to Northwest Harvest, the state’s largest hunger relief agency. The nonprofit distributes food to every county in Washington, working with a statewide network of 400 food banks, meal programs, and schools.
Since the year 2001, Home Team Harvest has raised more than 100 million meals. Last year, our community rallied to raise more meals than ever before. This year, along with our partners Northwest Harvest, Safeway and Albertsons, Providence Swedish, WARM 106.9, and HomeStreet Bank, we invite you to stand with us in the fight against hunger.
Donations towards grocery cards provide much-needed funding that will be distributed to Northwest Harvest and their partner programs across Washington. Grocery cards give clients the flexibility to visit their local Safeway or Albertsons store to purchase the items that are most important or most needed by them and their families.
According to the USDA, an estimated one in 12 households face food insecurity in Washington state. Households with children; Black, Indigenous and people of color households; and households who identify as transgender, non-binary, or other reach the highest levels of food insecurity.
Every donation provides nutritious food to children, seniors, veterans, and families throughout Washington and ensures Northwest Harvest can work with partners in our community to address systemic root causes of hunger.
Northwest Harvest recognizes that it takes more than food to end hunger. By addressing the root causes of poverty AND getting food where it is most needed, they are working to end food insecurity in our state and create a more equitable food system for all Washingtonians.