FOOD PROGRAM

According to Northwestharvest.org, the State of Washington is ranked as 25th hungriest state in the US. In 2016, one in eight Washingtonians did not get enough food to meet their basic nutritional needs. Nearly one in nine Washingtonians lived below the poverty level. One in five kids in Washington State lives in a household that struggles to put food on the table. One in seven Washingtonians relies on SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps). Half of all people on SNAP are kids. One in six Washingtonians relies on their local food bank.

‘Food insecurity’ is a term developed to describe households financially stretched to the point where they cannot be certain all household members will not go hungry. Nationwide and in Washington State, over 14% of households suffer food insecurity. Rates of food insecurity are higher in households with children. Nationally, nearly 16 million children live in households that experience food insecurity – nearly 20% of all children. Children’s Alliance estimates approximately 305,000 children in Washington live in food insecure households.

It is a little-known fact that about 20 percent of the students in the Gig Harbor Peninsula School District (1,674 kids at last count) qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Although these children receive breakfast and lunches while school is in session, they may go hungry during the summer.

COMMUNITY COLLABORATION

Other not-for-profit organizations are operating in the Gig Harbor community such as Fish Food Bank, Food Backpacks 4 Kids, Altrusa International’s Empty Bowl Program and the Bischoff food bank. However, even with their best efforts, there is considerable unmet need due to the lack of food resources relative to the number of hungry people and other idiosyncrasies unique to our area. Additionally, the challenges of dealing with students requires charities to be mindful of the psychological uniqueness of adolescents.

HOST HOME

Learn about our Host Home Program and how you can help provide a safe and stable environment for at-risk homeless youth to learn and thrive.

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MENTORING

Our mentorship program focuses on helping students and parents develop key life skills allowing them to become self-sufficient and thrive after graduation.

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TRANSPORTATION

To help homeless students maintain their daily commitments, our volunteers provide rides to school, appointments, and activities.

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CLOTHING

For many of these children, buying clothing is a financial burden. We provide clean, wearable clothing to make student success more likely.

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FOOD

Aiming to work collaboratively with other not-for-profit organizations, our food program is designed to fill social service gaps and end hunger in our community.

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CHANGE A LIFE TODAY

It is our mission to ensure that no neighbor is left with unmet needs. Your contribution to Harbor Hope Center helps to support our efforts in improving the lives of homeless youth in our community.

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