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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Washington state, so does our community’s need for valuable services. 

On Monday, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation announced $1.4 million in emergency funding focused on getting the state’s underserved populations the food, child care, and stability they need most during this time. The latest grants from the Foundation build on previous COVID-19 support focused on communities in the Pacific Northwest. To date, the Foundation has given $12 million to support local COVID response since the start of the outbreak.

“We cannot overlook communities that are disproportionately burdened by the economic and social impacts of this pandemic,” said Jody Allen, co-founder and chair of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.  

While the COVID-19 pandemic has upended life throughout the country, the severity of its impact has hit some harder than others. The virus has driven a surge in hunger across America affecting approximately 50 million people, including 17 million children according to government officials. And Washingtonians aren’t an exception. The Washington Office of Financial Management says that up to 1.8 million of our state’s residents are left without enough to eat. That’s double the monthly average before the pandemic. Support from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation will help direct resources to address this urgent crisis.

Read more on the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation's website.