Food justice: Seattle food banks put emphasis on providing healthy, culturally diverse ingredients

Many people who go to food banks for assistance appreciate what they get, but desire ingredients they are more used to preparing.

SEATTLE – Food equity is the idea that nutritious food should be equally accessible to all. Even when it comes to fairness, food is part of the conversation.

Every week, El Centro De La Raza in Beacon Hill is filled with hundreds of grocery bags. They focus on adding ingredients that suit the diverse needs of peoples.

Many people who go to food banks for assistance appreciate what they get, but desire ingredients they are more used to preparing.

El Centro De La Raza Food Bank director Jason Lee said prices of staples like rice and pasta have increased everywhere, including in Asian markets, where prices are usually more affordable.

The desire for more culturally conscious and healthier grocery stores is not new.

The Lifetime Chicken Soup Association in Seattle prepares and delivers meals to special customers with a need for healthy options. They follow the mantra, food is medicine.

“Everyone we serve needs specific foods to stay healthy, or their best health,” said director Paul Getzel. “We provide food to help them do that.”

Getzel said some of the brigade’s clients have HIV, diabetes or heart disease. Everyone they serve needs the right foods to stay healthy.

Appropriate foods also apply to what different cultural groups are comfortable preparing. The program packages bags with specific ingredients for AAPI, East African or Latino customers.

Getzel said employees at the brigade have been told by their customers that the ingredients they use to deliver are not enough. Staff worked with community members to develop diverse grocery packages.

KING 5’s annual Home Team Harvest promotion to benefit Northwest Harvest is underway. This year’s goal is to raise 21 million meals.

  • Online at KING5.com/hometeamharvest
  • Text “HOMETEAM” to 41444
  • Starting November 1, visit your local Safeway or Albertson for $5, $10, or $12 off grocery cards.

Watch Home Team Harvest special broadcast on December 3 at 10am on KING 5, KING5.com and the KING 5 mobile app.

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Edmund DeMarche

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