Food Lifeline has been able to supply more than 27 million meals to Western Washington's underserved populations by cutting costs wherever possible. The organization collects surplus food from food producers and retailers, and distributes it to a wide network of food banks and shelters.
In order to focus its funding on food, Food Lifeline endeavors to reduce extra costs incurred by the new bridge toll on SR 520. With more than 300 member programs relying on surplus food from Food Lifeline, delivery trucks must pass through the bridge toll as many as 16 times a week, and the amount of money the organization expects to pay tolls in 2012—approximately $3,000—could have provided nearly 9,000 meals. A local firefighters' union has already offered to cover the costs of January tolls ($250), in an effort to encourage others to support Food Lifeline with the remaining $2,750 needed for the year.
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Each day in western Washington, a fleet of 15 trucks drives a combined 690 miles to pick up donations to deliver to agencies. Their cargo: food—nutritious food that annually totals nearly 36 million pounds, which works out to roughly 30 million meals. These trucks are part of Food Lifeline, a vast network of volunteers, grocery stores, and non-profits that work to ensure everyone in the region has something to eat.
To provide the amount of food it does—more than any non-profit in Washington—Food Lifeline relies on efficiency. The organization redirects food from grocers, farmers, and distributors that would likely have gone to waste. Food banks then distribute this food and prepared meals to whoever needs help getting meals, including children, seniors, and families.