03 May hunger intervention program
The Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) envisions a world where all people have easy access to healthy, delicious and culturally relevant food. Our mission is to increase food security for underserved populations in North King County through nutritious meals, educational programs, and advocacy. HIP’s meal programs serve children and families, seniors, and our unhoused neighbors. Many are refugees and immigrants, and communities of color. HIP provides food security in three key ways: by serving fresh, delicious meals prepared in our commercial kitchen; through educational programs featuring cooking and nutrition; and with advocacy, in recognition that food insecurity is the result of systemic injustices.
A typical week at HIP currently might look like:
- Providing a delicious, freshly prepared meal sourced from a local farmer to 200 seniors in to-go containers, three days/week.
- Delivering a week’s worth of breakfasts and cooked lunches to families in one of the last mobile home parks in Seattle.
- Packing hundreds of Healthy HIP Packs with shelf-stable food so that families with children can have food on the weekend when schools are closed.
- Serving dinners and breakfasts seven days a week at a new enhanced shelter in Shoreline for adults experiencing homelessness.
- Delivering a Wellness Pack directly to families’ doors, with a healthy recipe, all the groceries needed to make it, and nutrition, fitness, and mindfulness tips.
Check out the Impact:
- In 2020 HIP served 305,501 meals, which is nearly 3x the amount served in 2019.
- In the first quarter of 2021, HIP served more than 4x the number of meals served in the first quarter of 2020 due to increased food insecurity from the pandemic.
- In 2016 HIP received a Sunshine Award from the USDA for successful and innovative partnerships.
- In 2020 HIP was awarded a $25K grant and video for our work with diabetes prevention with East African Elders in our community.
Here’s how you can help:
Volunteer: Like to cook? HIP needs kitchen help: Volunteer