Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell

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Archive for March 20th, 2012

Mar 20 2012

Proclamation: Hunger Action Week

Published by under Human Services

Proclamation issued at Full Council on March 19, 2012

WHEREAS, Everyone has experienced or knows someone who has experienced food insecurity; and

WHEREAS, In the United States, 1 in 5 kids is at risk for hunger, 1 in 3 kids is considered overweight or obese, and 13 percent of residents are food-insecure; and

WHEREAS, Estimates show Washington state households who are food insecure rose from 255,000 in 2007 to 288,000 in 2008, a 13 percent increase; and

WHEREAS, King County has a 6 percent food insecurity rate, with 6 in 100 people in King County being unsure of the source of their next meal; and

WHEREAS, Seattle food banks have seen a 31 percent decline in donations, but a 30 percent increase in hungry clients; and

WHEREAS, With the area’s economy still struggling, large numbers of people are facing hunger or food options that, while cheap, aren’t healthy; and

WHEREAS, United Way of King County Hunger Action Week fosters invaluable public discussion and action aimed at creating a hunger-free, healthy community for all of King County;

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved, that the Seattle City Council hereby proclaims March 19th to 24th, 2012 shall be

Hunger Action Week

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Mar 20 2012

Proclamation : 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America

Published by under Seattle's Youth

Proclamation issued at Full Council on March 19, 2012

WHEREAS, March 12, 2012, marks the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, which began when Savannah, Georgia, native Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low gathered 18 girls to provide them opportunities to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually; and,

WHEREAS, Today, more than 50 million American women are Girl Scout alumnae, 3.3 million girls and adult volunteers are active members, and Girl Scouts is the largest member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. In the city of Seattle, there are 2,374 girls, 1,087 dedicated adult volunteers, and 205 lifetime members who are proud to a part of the Girl Scout tradition; and,

WHEREAS, The award winning Girl Scout Leadership Program helps girls discover themselves and their values, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place; and,

WHEREAS, As part of the 100th Anniversary celebration, our community has over 4,000 girls and adults being challenged to live Forever Green by exploring their impact on the environment and learning ways to lessen their footprint; and,

WHEREAS, Girl Scouts is committed to ensuring that all girls can participate in Girl Scouts regardless of their financial circumstances and the Girl Scout program continues to evolve to address the changing societal challenges through many innovative programs.

NOW, THEREFORE, be it proclaimed that the Seattle City Council officially recognizes 100 years of Girl Scouting and 2012 marks this year as the

YEAR OF THE GIRL

And we do hereby applaud the Girl Scouts of the United States of America for their 100 years of leadership and expertise as the voice for and of girls; the Girl Scouts of Western Washington for providing local support; and, the Girl Scouts of Seattle for their courage, confidence, and character.

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