Faces of Hunger

The Landscape of Hunger / Feeding the Inland Northwest

Photography by Brian Plonka

The economy may be improving since the Great Recession, but the recovery is still leaving many of Americans who were hit the hardest behind. Millions of people are still struggling to get by because of underemployment, stagnant wages and rising costs of living. In fact, more than 46 million people still turn to charity networks each year for extra support.

Hunger can affect people from all walks of life. Many Americans are one job loss or medical crisis away from food insecurity – but some people, including children and seniors, may be at greater risk of hunger than others. 

Food security is a federal measure of a household’s ability to provide enough food for every person in the household to have an active, healthy life. Food insecurity is one way we can measure the risk of hunger.

In 2015 some 24.7 million pounds of food was donated to a network of 250 neighborhood food banks and meal centers. These partner programs currently feed more than 55,000 people a week in the Columbia Basin and Eastern Washington.

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