Answering 'why the fork?'


By Travis Mayfield

On Friday I promised we would soon know the answer to the question ‘why the fork’ and we would know who was asking that question.

Today we know the answer is ‘because it is time to take action against hunger’ and we know that it has been the United Way of King County asking that question.

This week is Hunger Action Week in King County.

We at are embracing the effort this week with a special series of stories we’re publishing on the KOMO Communities websites.’s Martha Kang is also blogging about her first hand experience taking the ‘hunger challenge’ and what it means to try and feed oneself on $7 a day.  Finally, you’ll see a link at the top of and special banner ads on the right side of the page linking you back to more information about Hunger Action Week.

“We feel it’s important to partner with United Way to highlight this tremendous need in our community,“ said Fisher Interactive Network Vice President and General Manager Matt Spragins.  “We are happy to devote our time and resources to such a worthy cause.”

Each day during this week, KOMO Community producers and reporters will publish an unique and in-depth look at a different hunger related story in a different local community.  These unique and original stories are receiving prominent placement not only on the KOMO Communities websites, but also on, and @KOMONews on Twitter.

“To complement our compelling and original news stories, we will also use our marketing avenues to encourage users to join the United Way of King County’s efforts to combat hunger,”  said Fisher Interactive Network’s Director of Marketing and Promotions, Alyson Soma Force.

This year, the United Way of King County’s Hunger Action Week focuses on ‘5 Days & Ways to Take Action Against Hunger.’

Those 5 ways are:

1.  Take the Hunger Challenge.  Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner spending only $7 a day.  That’s the reality for many people who rely on food stamps.

2. Volunteer.  Lend a hand at the “Yes We Can!” cannery, plant a garden, serve a meal, stock a food pantry.

3. Learn more about what causes hunger, who is hungry and how you can get involved in the solutions by reading the Hunger Relief Now! Plan at

4. Engage.  Tell everyone you know about Hunger Action Week and encourage them to get involved.  Contact your legislators to ensure we have strong hunger relief programs for people in need.

5. Give to support innovative projects that are ending hunger in our community.  Every dollar you donate will be matched!

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