The Seattle food bank numbers are in for the year of 2009, and there is some bad news as well as some hopeful news:
Bad News: Seattle food banks saw a 20% increase in new clients since 2008, and an 11% increase in new households. It's very clear that more and more people are turning to food banks in order to make ends meet.
Hopeful News: With the help of community partners, food banks have so far been able to keep up with the increased demand for their services, distributing 20% more food than they did in 2008. We hope that this support will continue so that we can maintain this vital safety net for all who need it.
If you're craving more numbers, you can view the full picture here.