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The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation today announced more than $500,000 in grants to help food banks and shelters in Western Washington.
"The ongoing economic difficulties in our state, as well as cuts to government programs that aid vulnerable populations, tell us we must continue our commitment to basic needs," said Susan M. Coliton, vice president of The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. "These keystone organizations have the expertise and stability to continue providing meaningful and measurable help to people struggling in the Puget Sound region."
The grants announced today were for:
• Bellingham Food Bank ($100,000) to provide 180,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to its clients in the next year.
• Downtown Emergency Service Center ($100,000 ) to give 120,000 nutritious meals to the region’s most vulnerable residents.
• Food Lifeline ($150,000) to purchase produce, dairy, meat and seafood for nearly 300 food banks and pantries in Western Washington.
• Solid Ground ($100,000) to assist 2,000 people with emergency shelter, food or legal assistance in the face of foreclosure and eviction.
• Hopelink ($100,000) to purchase 270,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to distribute through the agency’s five food banks.
The Foundation will also continue to match Vulcan Inc. employee giving to Northwest Harvest. Since 2009, the Foundation has provided nearly $100,000 to the organization through the match program.