Community Groups Come Together to Fight Food Insecurity

Community Groups Come Together to Fight Food Insecurity

By Aaron Allen, Seattle Central

This past weekend, a group of community businesses and organizations came together to feed the community. Operating out of the Langston Hughes Institute for the Performing Arts and taking place on the 2nd Sunday of each month, the Community Spirit Food Feed provides free meals to help offset food insecurity in the area.

Participating organizations include Soul Fusion Food, Hope Center Resource, Dope Culture LLC, Keautious Bakin and Kakin LLC, Puddin Cakz, Big Dawg Hotdogs and Jimaine Miller (aka “The Def Chef”).

“When I take a moment to think about the people who work 40-plus hours a week, have their own businesses, children, grandchildren, family members to support, are involved in other organizations, are very busy with their own lives, and yet still manage to come to work every month, making it a priority to serve and bless others without expecting anything in return, I feel incredible,” says Anthony Tibbs, CEO of Dope Culture LLC and Third Level Events.

Building a positive community is like building a better life or career. Transformational change happens one small step at a time, but soon your community will be moving in leaps and bounds. Likewise, your volunteer efforts have their own virality. The impact you create can spread from your community to the larger regional, national, and even global community.

As our region grappled with scorching heat, people from all walks of life patiently stood by to get water and enjoy exquisite soul food prepared by local food vendors, restaurants and chefs.

“This is what we do,” says Jimaine Miller, a local celebrity chef whose mission is to combat food insecurity. “Community service is the cornerstone of what we do. Even though it’s hot today, this is an amazing event.”

Approximately 500 people, many of whom are homeless or food insecure, were provided with an afternoon of free food and entertainment.

“My heart is so happy,” Tibbs said. “I think we reached over 500 people again. Black Seattle, your generous donations definitely helped today!! We ran out of food twice and had to go to the store twice more to get more food instead of telling a block long line that we were out of food.”

According to the organisers, giving back to society is important because it benefits society by improving social well-being and reducing the burden on government services, promotes social inclusion and closes social gaps, encourages citizen participation and more active citizenship, and provides economic benefits by increasing employability.

A lady who wanted to be known only as Cherise said she was very grateful to everyone who contributed to bringing this event to the area every second Sunday.

“My life has changed since COVID, and it hasn’t been easy for me,” Cherise says. “But I am able to get good food, other supplies and resources like socks, water, water bottles, and more because of the kindness of people who do this. What would the world be like without people who practice empathy and compassion?”

“We are entrepreneurs, parents, husbands/wives, grandparents, students, etc. It is absolutely a labor of love,” Tibbs says. “I thank the participating organizations, volunteers, and volunteers for their selfless service as we continue to move forward and bless people in need.”