Solid Ground's Food Resources provide technical assistance and administrative services to the Seattle Food Committee (a coalition of the 27 Seattle food banks serving those in need with supplemental food bags). Food Resources' staff deliver food to member food banks, develop nutrition resources, and provide assistance with the day-to-day operations of running a food bank.
Baby Boost Information Fairs are "one-stop shops" that provide important nutritional and health information and one-on-one connections to about 20 service providers and community resources. Baby Boost Fairs are hosted by Seattle area food banks, community centers, and substance abuse treatment centers. A WIC nutritionist is on hand to demonstrate how to prepare baby food as well as distribute breastfeeding information, and interpreter services are available as needed.
Fairs provide childcare for young children, enabling the parents to concentrate on learning about where to find free health clinics for their kids, where they can get breastfeeding support, and how they can learn about child development and children's nutritional needs. Families coming to Baby Boost Fairs also receive limited supplies of baby food, cloth diapers and cleaning materials, food grinders, sippy cups, baby hygiene products and other baby supplies.
Hunger Action Center Publications
Gardening for Good Nutrition: A Guide to Growing Your Own Healthy Food: Solid Ground's Lettuce Link program created this useful guide to help people grow their own organic food and take control of their health needs. It offers simple-to-follow gardening and food preparation advice, basic nutrition information on over two-dozen crops, steps a beginning gardener can follow to set up container gardens or yard gardens, composting advice and a list of community resources. For a free printed copy of the full 32-page guide, please call 206.694.6746 ext.3 (donations to Lettuce Link are happily accepted).
GATHER IT! How to Organize an Urban Fruit Harvest: Authored by Solid Ground's Community Fruit Tree Harvest project staff, this step-by-step guide is packed with information to help communities start their own volunteer-based fruit harvest projects.
Congressional Hunger Center Fellow Research
Impacts of nutrition and human services interventions on the health of elderly and disabled persons in public housing: This report by Solid Ground's 2008-09 Congressional Hunger Fellow Collin Siu is the first research evaluating supportive services funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development ROSS RSDM – Elderly and Persons with Disabilities grant. The study provides evidence that nutrition and human services interventions improve the health of seniors and people living with disabilities. Services decrease social isolation, the non-treatment of chronic conditions, and the proportion of evictions that result in the tenant having to leave his/her unit. However, residents still face significant barriers to accessing healthy foods, low fruit and vegetable intake, and a high rate of chronic conditions that warrant more attention to this vulnerable population.
Food Security for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Project: In a survey of seven subsidized housing sites for seniors and people living with disabilities, 2007 Congressional Hunger Fellow Brad Johnson found that 54.8% of 188 households surveyed were food insecure (i.e., unable to acquire enough food at some point because of insufficient money or a lack of resources for food). Fully 21.3% were classified as having very low food security (food intake was reduced and their normal eating patterns disrupted because the household had inadequate resources for food. (Nationally, only 10.9% of households are classified as food insecure.) Six of the sites surveyed were Seattle Housing Authority high-rise buildings. Extrapolating from Johnson’s data to the 28 SHA low-income housing sites gives a more complete image of how prevalent hunger is among these vulnerable populations.
Closing the Grocery Gap: As part of Solid Ground's Anti-Racism Initiative, 2006 Congressional Hunger Fellow Jamillah Jordan's Grocery Gap Project investigated and uncovered difficulties people with low incomes face affording and accessing fresh produce and other healthy foods. Her report offers provocative suggestions grounded in research for addressing these issues and the positive experiences of other communities. See the following related news articles:
Preparing Food Banks for Disasters: 2006 Congressional Hunger Fellow Nick Maryns makes recommendations on how the Seattle Food Bank system can be better equipped to respond to major disasters. Seattle's 27 food banks are neighborhood organizations that 60,000 families rely on each year for basic nutrition and other services. Working through Solid Ground's Food Resources Program and in concert with regional planners and major responders, Nick developed and implemented a framework for Seattle Food Banks to use to: 1) Become better prepared as organizations to operate in the wake of a disaster and 2) Understand and develop their roles as community resources to provide a meaningful regional response to disasters.
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Food Resources at Solid Ground
1501 North 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98103-6708