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HIP has always believed in the right to nutritious food. It started its efforts to bring healthy, safe, and wholesome meals to those in need in 1998, serving Friday lunches in downtown Seattle. From 2007 to 2010 HIP’s volunteers served a daily breakfast seven days a week to clients at a major downtown Seattle shelter. This food service was vital to the homeless population suffering from malnutrition and poor access to high quality food. HIP’s volunteers were awarded the 2007 and 2010 Mayor’s End Hunger Awards for their commitment to feeding the Seattle community and the 2008 Community Leader Award. In 2010, HIP transitioned its daily breakfast service to the shelter in order to place emphasis on issues of hunger among the homeless and low income residents of the Lake City community in north Seattle.
Today, HIP’s innovative programs bring cooking demonstrations to local food banks and vital meals to neighbors in need through our Summer Meals for Kids and our recently established weekly Senior Community Lunch. Our Healthy HIP Packs program provides vital weekend food support to children at risk of hunger when they are out of school.
To achieve its vision of ending hunger by collaborating with community partners, HIP's programs aim to empower low-income and other economically and socially disadvantaged individuals by providing nutritional meals and basic cooking skills in a dignity-preserving fashion where clients' cultures are celebrated and respected. HIP's current programs include:
In addition to our programs, HIP participates in Meals Partnership Coalition (MPC), a group of over 50 meal providers from human service agencies, churches, businesses, schools and civic groups that provide no- or low-cost meals in King County. MPC's monthly meetings provide networking for food providers and a forum for group advocacy for the homeless and the hungry. HIP is part of the Northwest Harvest Hunger Response Network of food banks and meal providers in Washington State and is an agency of Food Lifeline. HIP also actively participates in the Anti-Hunger and Nutrition Coalition and several community based coalitions.
Hunger Intervention Program is grateful for the support received from many sources:
Your continued support provides healthy meals and much needed community/nutrition services to the homeless and hungry in Seattle.