Support FareStart’s 2023 Permanent Supportive Housing Meals Program

February 28, 2023

Dear FareStart Community,

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis – with your generous support and the support of Washington State – FareStart has provided more than 5.5 million meals to local organizations that serve youth, adults and families who are low-income or experiencing homelessness.

Millions of these meals have been delivered to residents living in permanent supportive housing locations in King County run by the Downtown Emergency Services Center (DESC) and Plymouth Housing. These meals have helped people experiencing chronic homelessness access nutritious food, which supports food security, better health outcomes and an increased sense of well-being as they make a successful transition into permanent housing. These gains are at risk as federal pandemic food programs end and inflation rises, causing potential food and nutrition gaps. We need your help to ensure that this doesn't happen.

With the support of our champions Representative Julia Reed and Senator Noel Frame, FareStart has requested $2 million from the Washington State Legislature in 2023 to continue our King County permanent supportive housing meals program and to expand the successful effort in Spokane County in partnership with Catholic Charities Eastern Washington.

The state’s 2023 budget is being worked on right now. And we have made it easy for you to contact the key budget writers to voice your support.

We need your help to ask legislators responsible for writing the state's budget this year to include this critical funding. Please go to this link to send a letter to the key legislators who will help decide whether we get this funding.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to reducing food insecurity in our communities!

With gratitude,
Nicole Trimble
Interim CEO