by Ronnie Estoque
Access to affordable, healthy and culturally relevant food in schools has always been a focal point for FEEST, an organization run by Youth of Color in South Seattle and southern King County. Recently, FEEST reassessed the curriculum they taught their students at Seattle Public Schools (SPS) and Highline Public Schools (HPS) to help them improve their organizational skills. Both SPS and HPS have guaranteed that their school’s food will be free for all students for the remainder of the 2021-2022 academic period.
“We want the school lunch to be free for everyone from Kindergarten to Grade 12, indefinitely,” said Cece Flanagan, manager of community organization and training at FEEST. “We also ensure that the basic needs of young people are met by offering free groceries and food deliveries, loaning technology to connect to school / virtual meetings, ensuring young people [organizers] are linked to mental health supports and pay them a competitive salary.
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