The COVID-19 crisis has caused a lot of local families to struggle with how they are going to feed their families. For others, food insecurity was a problem before the pandemic, and now it’s even more dire. To help ease some of the pressure for those coming short, Big Brothers Big Sisters Puget Sound has teamed up with the new free Fresh Market program and the Emergency Feeding program, providing families with groceries two days a week at satellite partner locations. Bags include enough food for a family of four to prepare three meals a day — a total of 12 meals.
The distribution sites give away between 80 to 160 pre-packed bags at pick-up windows. Every site is open to the public, and even though windows are scheduled to be open for two hours, the food has been running out quicker than that.
For those unable to go to a site to get food, Big Brothers Big Sister is helping deliver Fresh Market bags to those in need in their programs — including children, parents, and mentors.
Since March, 31,211 pallets of food — about 170,000 pounds — have been given.
Fresh Market sites are located in Tacoma, Renton, Enumclaw, Auburn, West Seattle, South Seattle, and Central Seattle. More info here.