John Howie and Seahawks Kick Hunger

When it comes to feeding hungry individuals in western Washington, Food Lifeline can feed up to five individuals with just a $1 donation.

As Washington State’s largest hunger relief network, Food Lifeline works with local manufacturers, farmers, grocery stores, and restaurants to redirect surplus food to 275 local food banks, meal programs, and shelters.

Additionally, Food Lifeline benefits from local donors like hunger champions Chef John Howie and former Seahawk Craig Terrill who collaborated to raise $113,189 as part of the National Football League’s Kick Hunger Challenge — a friendly fundraising competition between all 32 NFL teams to raise funds for food banks — as the team captains of the Seattle Seahawks team.

The team scored a second place finish in the most recent year of the challenge, which generated an additional $5,000 prize from the Taste of the NFL to increase the total Food Lifeline donation to $118,189.

“I am proud that our representation of the Seattle Seahawks to benefit Food Lifeline — both amazing organizations with a desire to win — has made a real difference for hungry families in our community,” Howie said.

Over the last five seasons, the Seattle team has won the Kick Hunger Challenge three times, which has providing more than $525,000 or 2.6 million meals for those in need in western Washington.

“It is humbling to have had a hand in locally providing 2.6 million meals in five years — demonstrating that if we put our minds, bodies, and resources together – we can end hunger,” Howie said.

This year, the Houston Texans team bested the Seahawks by raising $138,000 for food banks, earning the team the 2016-17 Kick Hunger Challenge title at the 26th annual Party with a Purpose, hosted by the Taste of the NFL during Super Bowl LI in Houston.

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