This is our fourth year receiving sugary drink tax funding to support our Good Food Bag program. In this time, we’ve delivered over 60,000 bags of healthy fruits and vegetables all across south Seattle through partners like Seattle Public Preschools, senior centers, community centers and low-income housing communities. Our impact with Good Food Bags is three-fold: we increase access to fruits and vegetables for households on a budget, we cultivate relationships between urban consumers and small local farms, and we boost the local food economy by routing most of our produce purchases through Washington-based distributors and by purchasing directly from farmers.
In 2020, we expanded these food access and local food economy benefits by launching a weekly pay-what-you can farm stand at Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands. Here, we sell both produce grown on our farm, as well as produce and agricultural products from other small local farmers and producers. This “full diet” farm stand offers an array of fruits, vegetables, herbs, dairy, meats, pantry goods and even fresh-cut flowers.
We ensure affordability by offering a $20 produce discount, where anyone who asks can receive up to $20 in free fruits and vegetables per visit. We also take Fresh Bucks and participate in the state’s 50% Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) match program. By participating in these programs and offering our discount, a shopper using EBT can pay $10 to take home $40 worth of fresh, local produce.