The lack of access to healthy foods makes it difficult for families who remain in low-income, urban communities to maintain a well-balanced, nutritious diet. Statistics show a lack of access to healthy food can cause severe health consequences including physical and mental health conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Children who grow up in homes without enough food are at increased risk of illness, and of experiencing academic and psycho-social problems. Nutritional deficiencies and family stress both contribute to these outcomes.
Data from Communities Count shows social and health indicators across King County:
- In 2013, 13% of King County households ran out of food and didn’t have money to buy more, up from 8% in 2010.
- Foradults with income less than $35,000, food hardship increased from 24% to 38%.
- In many South King County cities, close to half of all children participate in the Basic Food program.
- In 2014, the number of King County households participating in the Basic Food program was still almost double the number in 2008, and close to 3 times the number in 2002.
The Auburn Good Food Bag program is working to eliminate some of the barriers communities experience in accessing food by offering a bag of local, organic fruits and vegetables worth $10 on the open market, for half price. The Good Food Bag is sold at the following locations.
- The WIC Clinic
Address: 901 Auburn Way N Ste A
Day & Time: Fridays from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
- The Auburn Senior Activity Center
Address: 808 9th St SE
Day & Time: Fridays from 7:30 am – 1:00 pm
- St. Matthew Episcopal Church
Address: 123 L St NE
Day & Time: Sundays after services