Since 2013, Spokane Edible Tree Project (SETP) has connected fruit tree owners, volunteers, food banks and community organizations with the goal of fighting hunger and food waste in the Spokane area.
SETP empowers our neighbors to share in the harvest and care of existing fruit & nut trees by implementing food recovery methods and cultivating a connection with the greater needs in the community.
We envision a thriving urban area where all people have access to healthy foods via locally acquired resources and are competent in the care and maintenance of fruit and nut trees.
To gather (leftover grain or other produce) after a harvest.
What We've Achieved
- Over 70,000lbs collected and delivered to food banks and community pantries.
- Over 2,000 volunteer hours recorded.
- Over 100 glean harvests held.
- Over 100 glean harvest locations.
Hunger In Washington State
- In 2016, around 1 in 8 Washingtonians did not get enough food to meet their basic nutritional needs.
- In the nation, Washington is firmly in the middle of the pack, ranking as the 25thhungriest state.
- In Washington, the number of people living in poverty significantly decreased over the last year, but nonetheless, nearly 1 in 9 Washingtonians lived below the poverty line in 2016.
- 1 in 5 kids in Washington state lives in a household that struggles to put food on the table.
- 1 in 7 Washingtonians relies on SNAP (food stamps), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which is severely threatened by budget cuts. Half of all people on SNAP are kids.
- The majority of working-age Washingtonians who live in poverty are actively working or looking for work.
- Since the start of the recession in 2008, Washington has cut more than $12 billion in discretionary spending from our state's operating budget, all in the areas of public safety, higher education and basic needs services.
- 1 in 6 Washingtonians relies on their local food bank.