SEATTLE, January 27, 2009 –Q13 FOX (KCPQ-TV) has made a significant donation to Food Lifeline, Washington’s largest hunger relief agency. Viewer contributions to the 2008 Q13 FOX Children’s Holiday Campaign, along with the station’s own donation, raised a total of $73,000. The funds come at an urgent time as the cost of food and resources reaches record highs.
One out of five children in Washington State is hungry or at risk of hunger, and the 22 million pounds of food currently distributed by Food Lifeline is not enough to meet the needs of hungry children and their families.
The impact of the $73,000 donation is significant in that it can provide up to 365,000 meals to hungry families. More than 300 agencies across Western Washington, who rely on Food Lifeline to help feed the rising numbers of hungry people, will be the direct beneficiaries.
“The community, thanks to Q13 FOX, really responded to a food crisis at the most important time. This will help us reach our goal of ending hunger so that eventually no family will face a hunger emergency to the level it has reached this year.” said Food Lifeline President and CEO, Linda Nageotte.
“We are proud to help a like-minded partner in providing relief to local families,” said Pam Pearson, Q13 FOX Vice President and General Manager Pam Pearson. “Q13 FOX is committed to helping build healthier communities and lessen the burden on hungry children and families.”
The 2008 Q13 FOX Children’s Holiday Campaign broke new ground by being the first fundraiser for Food Lifeline that allowed contributions to be made by text messaging. The Mobile Giving Foundation, based in Bellevue, Washington, provided the functionality that allowed $5 donations to be added to contributors’ cell phone bills.