Food Salvage is a program of Puget Sound's CIAC and is run by student volunteers and a Student Program Coordinator. Volunteers pack extra food from the SUB three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) and distribute it to a local shelter, Guadalupe House. Food Salvage also supplies juice and other items to Keep Them Warm and Fed, a program that brings food, warm clothing, and blankets to homeless people in Tacoma.
Food Salvage has been directly involved with bringing speakers to campus to address the issues surrounding hunger and homelessness in Tacoma.
Students volunteering in the Food Salvage Program are required by law to have the following:
- 1-2 hours a week (generally Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons)
- A current food handler's permit obtained by taking an online course offered by the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department and arranged by CIAC
- Automobile insurance on their vehicle if it is used in conjunction with the program
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Some of the issues surrounding hunger and homelessness in Tacoma are:
- An estimated 85,000 people visit food banks and hot meal sites in our county each month;
- 43% are families with at least one adult working;
- 51% of the clients are children or senior citizens;
- More than half a million children and adults in Washington live below the poverty level.
- Requests for emergency food in Pierce County have increased 250% over the last 10 years.
- Hunger in adults not only weakens bones and muscles, worsens existing health problems, and contributes to depression and lack of energy.
- It can also have a devastating emotional impact. In a culture that encourages self-reliance, individuals who need food assistance may hesitate to seek help due to shame or embarrassment.
- Hungry children may be less attentive, independent, or have difficulty concentrating. Reading ability and verbal and motor skills suffer. They may experience headaches, fatigue, frequent colds, and other illnesses that may cause them to be less physically active.