latest news Sugary Drink Tax Investment Helps Seattle Fund COVID-19 Food Assistance Program

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Last month, Mayor Jenny Durkan and the City of Seattle created a program to provide 6,250 Seattle families grocery vouchers. These vouchers, made possible by an investment of sugary drink tax funds, have been critical in providing food security to individuals and families while they wait for financial assistance from the state and federal government. Read on to learn more!

The food assistance program provides families with $800 in vouchers to purchase food, cleaning supplies and other household goods at any Safeway store in Washington state.

The sugary drink tax investment in grocery vouchers also leveraged additional donations. Thanks to the incredible generosity of Oak View Group and NHL Seattle, the program has been expanded to provide 1,000 working people who have recently lost their jobs or experienced significant reductions in hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic with $800 grocery vouchers.

More information on this program can be found here.

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