Seattle, Washington, is a great place to visit – coffee shops, Space Needle, waterfront piers… Today, a fine mist is falling as we walk to one of the city’s best-known attractions – Pike Place Market.
We know all about the fish vendors, fresh produce, and craftspeople. There are also plenty of shoppers and tourists. On this day, though, we are visiting a program that helps the people who live in the neighborhood and work in its many shops.
We start at the corner of Pike Place, where Rachel the Piggy Bank collects donations for The Pike Place Market Foundation. The Foundation has been helping the area’s low-income residents since 1982. Its Food Access Program makes healthy, fresh food more affordable and accessible.
On our visit, we see staff and volunteers pack food for Farm to Go, which connects farmers with urban residents. Farm to Go members receive weekly boxes of fresh-picked produce. Funding from Newman’s Own Foundation helps make this program available to low-income residents, too, including families from the Pike Market Child Care and Preschool.
While helping out, we learn about the cooking classes that teach residents how to prepare healthy, delicious meals on a budget. The Fresh Bucks program helps low-income people afford fruits and vegetables. And monthly community meals bring people together for locally sourced, healthy, affordable dishes.
These are just a few of the many great programs run by Pike Place Market Foundation. We can’t wait to go back and learn more!