Addressing Food Insecurities

June 16, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic increased demand on area food banks, Delta Dental and Arcora Foundation provided more than $350,000 to provide food and essential services for those most vulnerable

As communities struggled and the demand on food banks steadily grew – nearly doubling the number of people experiencing food insecurity – during the COVID-19 pandemic, Delta Dental and Arcora Foundation donated more than $350,000 to provide food and essential services to families, seniors, and other vulnerable populations.

Arcora Foundation donated $100,000 which was split between Food Lifeline and Northwest Harvest, as well as $25,000 to Philanthropy Northwest’s Washington Food Fund. The donations will helped these organizations provide food to nearly 700 community food banks statewide.

In addition, Seattle Foundation received $110,000 from Delta Dental in emergency assistance for its COVID-19 Response Fund to address immediate needs in the Greater Seattle area – which was hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. Spokane-based Innovia Foundation also received $55,000 for its Eastern Washington Community Response and Recovery Fund which is serving the elderly, homeless and others who were highly vulnerable during the crisis.

In addition to its community giving grants, Arcora Foundation also assisted by expanding its DentistLink dental referral service, to help the growing demand of people in need of urgent dental care during the COVID-19-related closure of dental clinics for all non-emergency procedures. The free dental referral service is available for anyone experiencing dental pain who is not able to connect with their dentist and not sure where to turn for help. Those in need can visit to search for a dental provider in their community who is open for urgent care or contact a referral specialist by phone or text at 844-888-5465.