FACTS, STATS, AND QUOTES FROM CHARITIES
Dollar Buy Statements
A donation of $2 per month buys two prostate screenings at Prevent Cancer State Fair free health screening booths. (Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation (Prevent Cancer Foundation))
A donation of $4 a month provides a school with the Everyone Counts: Teaching Acceptance & Inclusion educational curriculum. (National Down Syndrome Society)
A donation of $10 per month buys enough plastic pipette tips to conduct nearly 5,000 tests to find compounds to prevent proteins that play a part in forming the plaque associated with Alzheimer's. (Alzheimer's and Aging Research Center)
A donation of $20 per month will supplement more than 500 meals for hungry children in the U.S. each month. (Feed The Children)
A donation of $40 per month helps provide a Life Makeover to women in need of assistance. Programs and services include an intensive 6-month mentorship with a professional: the Woman 2 Woman Mentoring Program offers invaluable life training by helping her to make a seamless transition into the workforce through discussions on workplace issues, goal defining, and self-sufficiency preparation. (Dress for Success Worldwide)
American Red Cross
- The American Red Cross responds to 70,000 disasters worldwide each year
- The American Red Cross educates 11 million people per year in CPR and First Aid
- In 2008, ArtsFund made grants of $2.98 million to 70 King and Pierce County arts groups
Combined Fund Drive
$2 for 12 months
- $2 per month is turned into $8 worth of food
- Provides food and blankets for a family of six in Iraq
- Sends a child with epilepsy to a morning of summer camp
- Provides 1 hour of language interpretation
- Pays for a session of speech therapy for a stroke survivor
- Houses and feeds one adult for two days in an emergency shelter
- Helps two women in Ecuador start a small business
- Provides for 15 basic meals in Kenya
- Vaccinates an animal
- Protects a child in Sudan from malaria by providing a life-saving mosquito net
- Provides young musicians with three hours of rehearsal and coaching with a professional conductor
- Enables a diabetic patient to purchase a three month supply of syringes
- Helps to provide emergency medical supplies to aid 5,000 disaster victims for an entire month
Community Health Charities of Washington
$1 provides an educational booklet for a person newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
$1 per 2-week pay period sends a child with epilepsy to a morning of summer camp.
$1 per 2-week pay period provides one unit of a cryoprecipitate blood transfusion for a woman suffering from a rare blood disorder.
$2 per pay period will purchase a session of speech language pathology service to help restore a stroke survivor's ability to communicate independently.
$2.50 per two-week pay period, the price of a short coffee, provides a patient with a platelet count.
$2.50 pays for one hour for a child with diabetes at camp.
$3.75 sends a diabetes information kit to a newly diagnosed individual.
$10 pays for one hour of a Diabetes Advocate's visit to Washington.
$10 provides diabetes risk tests to 500 individuals.
$15 provides transportation for a dialysis patient to get to and from the dialysis center or hospital for one day.
$21 pays for one minute of diabetes research.
$25 enables a diabetic kidney patient to purchase a 3-month supply of syringes.
$50 enables a hypertensive kidney patient to purchase a blood pressure cuff.
$61 pays for one day for a child with diabetes at camp.
$75 buys nutritional supplements to help nourish a frail adult or pediatric dialysis patient.
$150 buys immunosuppressive medication for a transplant recipient for one week.
$200 buys medication for a dialysis patient for one month.
$200 pays for one month of call center assistance to people living with lung disease.
$300 provides wheelchair van transportation to take a disabled dialysis patient to and from treatments for one week.
$500 provides airfare for a patient or a kidney donor to travel for an out-of-area transplant.
$400 provides a child with asthma a scholarship to attend Champ Camp.
$500 improves a school's indoor air quality through Tools for Schools with American Lung Association.
$700 sends a Diabetes Advocate to Washington for three days.
$1,000 helps one school teach children to manage their asthma by supporting Open Airways for Schools.
$10,000 sponsors approximately 80 teens who want to stop smoking.
$10 per month provides:
- Five water quality test kits for students to take on field trips to learn about the ecology of Puget Sound.
$20 per month provides:
- Six complete home energy conservation kits for low-income Washington residents.
$30 per month provides:
- Funds a class of ten bicycle advocates.
$50 per month provides:
- 2,000 plugs of Lyngby's Sedge for salt marsh restoration--one of the most productive northwest plants that also provides crucial habitat for Chinook salmon.
Hunger in America 2010 Key Findings
- The 37 million Americans served annually by Feeding America include nearly 14 million children and nearly 3 million seniors.
- Each week, approximately 5.7 million people receive emergency food assistance from an agency served by a Feeding America member. This is a 27 percent increase over numbers reported in Hunger in America 2006, which reported that 4.5 million people were served each week.
- These numbers are based on surveys conducted at emergency feeding centers, such as soup kitchens and food pantries, but do not factor in many individuals also served at non-emergency locations, such as Kids Cafe programs and senior centers.
- 76 percent (10 million) of client households served are food-insecure, meaning they do not always know where they will find their next meal.
- 36 percent of these client households are experiencing food insecurity with hunger, meaning they are sometimes completely without a source of food.
- 79 percent (11 million) of households with children served are also food-insecure.
- Of the 37 million people the Feeding America network serves:
- 70 percent of households have incomes below the federal poverty line.
- The average monthly income for client households is $940.
- 36 percent of households have one or more adults who is working.
- 10 percent of client households are homeless.
Many of the client households served by Feeding America food banks report that their household incomes are inadequate to cover their basic household expenses.
- 46 percent of client households served report having to choose between paying for utilities or heating fuel and food.
- 39 percent said they had to choose between paying for rent or a mortgage and food.
- 34 percent report having to choose between paying for medical bills and food.
- 35 percent must choose between transportation and food.
One in four client households (24 percent) do not have health insurance and nearly half of our adult clients report that they have unpaid medical and hospital bills.
Thirty percent of households report having at least one member of their household in poor health.
Role of Federal Government
- 54.4 percent of pantries, 33.5 percent of kitchens, and 31.4 percent of shelters receive food from TEFAP.
- 41 percent of client households are receiving SNAP (formerly food stamps) benefits, an increase of 64 percent over 2006.
- 54 percent of client households with children ages 0-3 participate in the WIC program, compared to 51 percent in 2006.
- Among households with school-age children, 62 percent participate in the federal school lunch program and 54 percent participate in the school breakfast program.
- Feeding America food banks provide food and groceries to 33,500 food pantries, 4,500 soup kitchens and 3,600 emergency shelters.
- 68 percent of pantries, 42 percent of soup kitchens, and 15 percent of emergency shelters rely solely on volunteers and have no paid staff.
- 55 percent are faith-based agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues and other religious organizations; 33 percent are other types of nonprofit organizations.
- Food Lifeline uses 95 cents out of each dollar donated to provide food for people in our community.
- In 2009 we served more than 675,000 people, 37 percent of whom were children.
- In 2009 we distributed more than 24 million pounds of food, enough for nearly 19 million meals.
- Food Lifeline works with nearly 300 meal programs, shelters and food banks in communities throughout 17 counties in Western Washington.
- 45 percent of the people we serve have some form of post-secondary education.
- Only 9 percent of the people we serve are homeless.
- 71 percent of the people we serve count a job, retirement, disability or unemployment as their main source of income.
$5 per pay period provides:
- Food supplements for five infants for one month
- School lunches for 40 students for one week
- A month's supply of essential staple foods and washing supplies to developing countries
$15 per pay period provides:
- Training for 14 health workers to prevent childhood diseases
- Two families with seeds to cultivate family gardens
- Clean drinking water for 15 children
$30 per pay period provides:
- Repairs for classrooms and restrooms for 45 elementary school students in developing countries
- Vaccinations for 15 cows against fatal livestock diseases
- Tuberculosis screening and treatment for 300 refugees
$200 per pay period provides:
- Supplies an entire village with food, shelter, and clothing during Niger's drought crisis.
- Provides screening for cervical cancer to over 2,400 women in Colombia.
$100 per pay period provides:
- Vaccinates 2,600 people against meningitis, measles, polio, or other deadly epidemics in Sudan.
- Distributes 400 portable water purifiers to protect children in India from deadly waterborne diseases.
$50 per pay period provides:
- Sends a starter flock of chickens to 65 families in Cameroon so they can raise food to eat, share, or sell.
- Constructs latrines with proper ventilation and privacy to create a safe and sanitary environment for school-aged youth in Guatemala.
$25 per pay period provides:
- Provides job training to two refugee mothers in Azerbaijan so they can find employment and become self-reliant.
- Gives vision tests and eyeglasses to 26 impoverished students in China.
$20 per pay period provides:
- Delivers mosquito nets to 30 families in Angola.
- Rehabilitates a soccer field so that children have a safe place to play in the Philippines.
$10 per pay period provides:
- Provides fortified meals to save the lives of 14 malnourished children in Indonesia.
- Makes pre- and post-natal care, routine check-ups, immunizations, and safe delivery services available to 26 mothers.
$2 per pay period provides:
- A meal for a Make-a-Wish family on a special shopping adventure
$4 per pay period provides:
- Luggage for a family embarking on an exciting travel wish adventure
$10 per pay period provides:
- Accessories for a child's wish for a new pet, including food and other pet care necessities for a year
Facts from Northwest Harvest: Hunger Statistics September 2010
- Northwest Harvest's statewide network is currently providing about 650,000 services to people every month, about 30 percent more than the 500,000 per month we provided before the recession.
- Slightly more than 1 in 7 Washingtonians relies on food stamps. Participation rose 21 percent from May 2009 to May 2010. (FRAC, August 2010)
- Roughly half of Washington state infants are recipients of WIC (Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children). (DSHS March 2010 Report).
- The USDA reports that about 11 percent of families in Washington are considered food-insecure (USDA November 2009).
- The estimated number of Washington households who are food-insecure rose from 255,000 in 2007 to 288,000 in 2008, a 13 percent increase. (Children's Alliance)
- 112,000 households met the definition for hunger, up 22,000 or 24 percent since 2008. (Children's Alliance)
- Rates of hunger are higher in households with children. It is estimated that 373,000 children live households that struggle to put food on the table on a regular basis. (Children's Alliance)
Thanks to our strong purchasing power and the generosity of our agricultural partners, we can feed a family of three one nutritious meal for 67 cents.
- 5,000,000 women, men and adolescents with sexual and reproductive health care and education world wide each year
- More than 3 millions tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, each year
- More than 1 million Pap tests and more than 880,000 breast exams each year
Ronald McDonald House
$1.04 per pay period provides:
- A 1-night stay at the Ronald McDonald house for an ill child's family
$7.29 per pay period provides:
- A week's stay for an ill child's family
$31.25 per pay period provides:
- A month-long stay for an ill child's family
United Way of King County
- Every $1 invested in childhood development programs now saves $7 in future remedial education, welfare, and jail time
- Over the course of a year, about 24,000 people are homeless in King County
- United Way of King County has an aggressive 10-year plan to end homelessness
- It is estimated that at some time their lives, 25 percent of women living in King County will be physically assaulted or raped by their current or former partner
- United Way of King County provides safety for victims through shelters and safe-houses and connects victims to counseling and other support services such as housing and job training
- Seattle Public Schools Teen Health Survey found that 1 in 5 students had seriously considered suicide and 1 in 10 had actually attempted suicide
- United Way has programs that develop and strengthen positive development
- 96 cents of every dollar raised by the United Way goes directly to programming
Union Gospel Mission
$2 per pay period provides:
- Food and care for 10 people
- In 2007, the Mission served 488,583 meals to homeless people and provided 124,947 safe overnight stays
University District Food Bank
- Almost 60 percent of our customers have at least one part-time job but have a hard time making ends meet every month. These families use the food bank to extend their incomes so that they can afford other necessities like rent, electricity, prescription drugs, school supplies, or car repairs.
- We also serve many individuals while they are between jobs (over 30% of our customers have someone in their household looking for additional work), those living on fixed incomes, seniors, students, people with disabilities, the mentally ill, and the homeless.
- In 2009, we had more than 53,000 customer visits and distributed over 2.1 million pounds of food. Approximately 2% of our clients are infants, 20 percent are children, 68 percent are adults, and 10 percent are senior citizens.
Women's Funding Alliance
- A federation of agencies serving women and girls, the Women's Funding Alliance supports 45 affiliated agencies through workplace giving campaigns and helps 10,000 women and children each year through crisis lines, educational programs, support groups, advocacy, and training.
YWCA of Seattle, King, and Snohomish County
Marked increase in number of homeless single women
- 120 new clients per month at Angeline’s Center for Homeless Women day program
- Winter night shelter opened early – about 50 percent are new clients
Sharp rise in hunger, food insecurity
- Requests for emergency food bags on the Eastside are up 71 percent over last year
- Food bank visits are up 29 percent over last year on the Eastside and 20-40 new families seen daily in South King
More trouble paying utility bills
- Calls to 2-1-1 for utility assistance are up 22 percent over this time last year
- In less than one day, requests for energy assistance in South King County depleted the amount allocated for the month of October
Striking increase in households struggling to pay rent
- Calls requesting housing assistance are up 70 percent on the Eastside
- 2-1-1 requests have doubled
More people looking for work
- The number of job seekers at WorkSource Downtown grew 19 percent over same period last year
- Hours reductions reported in retail, construction sectors
- Job fairs, hiring events cancelled due to lack of openings
- Layoffs – at least eight Workforce Development Council Rapid Response projects in the works this month related to layoffs affecting 1,000+ workers