Food for Thought: Time to Reassess Food Banks

Alison Pence, director of Food Bank @ St. Mary’s, hears from teen health centers that some students at Franklin High School are regularly sent to the nurse’s office with upset stomachs. But food poisoning is not the problem.

These students are oftentimes homeless, and they suffer from hunger pains, caused by poor nutrition and missed meals, said Pence.

“We barely reach those homeless kids in the schools,” said Pence. “There’s no funding to get the specialized, nutritious food for growing children.”

This is the kind of situation Seattle’s food banks try to address, but getting food into the hands of the city’s hungriest isn’t always as easy as it sounds.

To view the FULL article on the South Seattle Emerald, click here.

To view the interactive data visualization on Tableau, click here.




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