According to Northwest Harvest, in 2016:
*around 1 in 8 Washingtonians did not get enough food to meet their basic nutritional needs.
*In the nation, Washington is firmly in the middle of the pack, ranking as the 25th hungriest state.
*In Washington, the number of people living in poverty significantly decreased over the last year, but nonetheless, nearly 1 in 9 Washingtonians lived below the poverty line in 2016.
*1 in 5 kids in Washington state lives in a household that struggles to put food on the table.
*1 in 7 Washingtonians relies on SNAP (food stamps), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which is severely threatened by budget cuts. Half of all people on SNAP are kids.
*The majority of working-age Washingtonians who live in poverty are actively working or looking for work.
*Since the start of the recession in 2008, Washington has cut more than $12 billion in discretionary spending from our state’s operating budget, all in the areas of public safety, higher education and basic needs services.
*1 in 6 Washingtonians relies on their local food bank.
Each year, Sumner First Christian Church participates in the Souper Bowl of Caring which is a national movement led by youth to help battle hunger and food insecurity in their communities. Throughout the month of January, we will be collecting non-perishable food donations for the Sumner Bank. We will also canvass the neighborhood around the church on the evening of Wednesday, January 31st at 5:30 p.m., for food donations from our neighbors (and anyone is welcome to join us).
Our Souper Bowl of Caring will culminate with a celebration on Sunday, February 4th (Super Bowl Sunday) during our 10:15 a.m. worship followed by a soup lunch/fellowship time provided by the men of the church.
Join us in the endeavor to help our neighbors