SNAP Is a Success That Needs Protection

SNAP Is a Success That Needs Protection

SNAP is a success. For decades, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka food stamps, has been the most important resource available to Americans struggling with food insecurity. That’s why we must remain committed to protecting and strengthening this program. One of the things that makes SNAP so effective is its structure as an entitlement program,…

Help Spice Up the Food Bank

Help Spice Up the Food Bank

While spices provide a healthy zest of flavor to meals without adding unhealthy sugar or fat, they are pricey and a luxury not all can afford. Learning about spices has been a key part of Polack Food Bank cooking classes. Each month, Food Bank Specialist Brian Sindel meets with about a dozen clients to make…

Gloria

Gloria

Would there be a minyan? That was the worrisome question I didn’t say out loud. Gloria was in her late 60s, raspy-voiced, recently moved to a subsidized Lynnwood apartment that fronted I-5. She had endured a traumatic period of homelessness, living between shelters and her car while trying to manage a host of chronic conditions….

I Never Imagined You

I Never Imagined You

This is the story of Project DVORA client Charlotte Jarvis, in her own words, about escaping an abusive relationship. She attended weekly one-on-one sessions with a program advocate and participated in Project DVORA yoga and writing groups to support her in the healing process. I couldn’t hear anything. People said a lot of things. But…

Stability of Vulnerable Washingtonians

Stability of Vulnerable Washingtonians

JFS can’t meet the needs of our clients alone. State government programs are vital to the stability of vulnerable Washingtonians. Thank Washington Legislators Here are five state-funded programs that matter for JFS clients who are trying to achieve housing and financial stability. It’s time to thank legislators who continue to champion these important programs. You’ll…

Emergency Preparedness Kits Shouldn’t Be a Luxury

Emergency Preparedness Kits Shouldn’t Be a Luxury

Shaida Hossein goes through emergency preparedness kits piece by piece as she does with every JFS client. Then she follows up with questions and crisis scenarios. What would you do during a grease fire, windstorm or earthquake? Having a flashlight for power outages or a small supply of water on hand for emergencies shouldn’t be…

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