Evergreen High School students are getting fresh, wholesome snacks thanks to FEEST, an organization led by youth of color in South Seattle and South King County working to improve health in our schools. Focusing on the need for more healthy, affordable and culturally relevant food at school, FEEST helps young people become leaders in making concrete changes in our food systems.
FEEST has been serving students at Evergreen for a number of years. This year it piloted a program to provide healthy snacks for students.
Each week over 2,800 pieces of produce are delivered to the school. FEEST volunteers deliver the fruit, along with healthy packaged snacks, to every classroom. Students get the snacks during sixth period. There is enough for each student to get two snacks and three fresh fruits during the week. The three-month pilot program ended the week before Thanksgiving.
“Everybody is really happy and excited about it. We have to fend students off from taking the snacks while we are delivering them," says Simone Dawson, FEEST volunteer.
The program has been a huge success. Students loved having a snack at the end of the day, and teachers reported students being more focused and engaged.
"When young people are given foods that feed their bodies--what they need, not like chips and stuff that are in many machines, like apples and pears—they get excited to have that variety. A lot of the students are probably not able to get fresh foods outside of school, so to have access to it at school is exciting," says Maggie Gray with FEEST.
We are thankful to FEEST and their support and advocacy for our students and their nutrition.