Food for Thought: Time to Reassess Food Banks

Alison Pence, director of Food Bank @ St. Mary’s, hears from teen health centers that some students at Franklin High School are regularly sent to the nurse’s office with upset stomachs. But food poisoning is not the problem.

These students are oftentimes homeless, and they suffer from hunger pains, caused by poor nutrition and missed meals, said Pence.

“We barely reach those homeless kids in the schools,” said Pence. “There’s no funding to get the specialized, nutritious food for growing children.”

This is the kind of situation Seattle’s food banks try to address, but getting food into the hands of the city’s hungriest isn’t always as easy as it sounds.

To view the FULL article on the South Seattle Emerald, click here.

To view the interactive data visualization on Tableau, click here.




You Grow Girl Founder Cultivates Young Female Empowerment

After school one recent afternoon, a young girl made her usual visit to You Grow Girl!, a non-profit organization that encourages her to express herself and talk through her problems.

As she talked to her mentor, she revealed her desire to play the flute, however, there was one problem: her parents lacked the funds to afford the instrument. Did this mean her dream was cut short? Not if Lynn Coleman could help it.

To view the FULL article on the South Seattle Emerald, click here.