Food Insecurity | South Seattle Emerald

Food Insecurity | South Seattle Emerald

by Sandra LeDuc

More Seattle families have access to fresh fruits and vegetables thanks to an expansion of the City of Seattle’s Fresh Bucks program. The city just added $ 1.3 million for the program to the newly approved city budget for 2021, which will allow 3,100 people currently on Fresh Bucks’ waiting list to be enrolled for coupons in December and through To continue in 2021.

Fresh Bucks customers receive $ 40 monthly benefits for purchases of fruits and vegetables from participating Seattle Farmers Markets, neighborhood grocery stores, and Seattle Safeway stores. The expansion of the program will serve 12,100 Seattle households in addition to the city’s emergency grocery voucher program, which has supported 14,000 households.

Continue reading 3,100 other Seattle households will receive monthly fruit and vegetable benefits

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by Elizabeth Turnbull

As the food-focused holidays of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Years approach, many Seattlietes face financial and food security issues with the new lockdown and further considerations about future federal aid.

Various food banks in South Seattle have noted an increased need for food in the community since the spring pandemic began. As every year around this time, this need has increased in preparation for the holidays.

Continue reading As the holidays approach, so does food insecurity

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