Full Circle Partners With Local Communities to Deliver Good Food
Local radio station KPLU was there to broadcast the first delivery from Full Circle to the Beacon Hill Community Day School and Prospect Enrichment Preschool as part of Puget Sound Food Network’s (PSFN) Farm to Table initiative.
The initiative is part of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) program, a project to give seniors centers and early childhood education centers throughout the Seattle area access to local farm fresh food for educational and nutritional purposes.
KPLU listeners were greeted with eager young voices describing their favorite foods and the unusual experience of eating the fresh produce. Most of what the kids are accustomed to eating at school is canned or frozen, so the carrots that still resembled an actual root took them by surprise.
“Bill Brown and Sabrina Wilz of Full Circle were met with big smiles and great curiosity at both sites as the boxes of kale, salad mix, baby carrots, turnips, beets and potatoes were opened,” said Karen Mauden of PSFN. “Hey, why wait for mealtime? Bill and the preschool staff engaged the children in conversations about farmers and produce as they munched away on fresh local produce.”
Karen is the Farm to Table Coordinator for the Puget Sound Food Network and is 100% dedicated to the success of the initiative.
“I work to ensure under-served communities in King County get affordable fresh local produce on the table,” said Karen. “At the same time I help create a profitable and sustainable business model for our local farms. They are a business, and we at PSFN feel it is important that Farm to Table create a business system that sustains normal business relationships that are fair for both farm and site, with repeatable behaviors. Ask the children…they would love to repeat this fun experience.”
King County Public Health has received $25.5 million from a federal stimulus grant to promote healthy lifestyles throughout the community, and through the initiative the lack of fresh and healthy food is now being addressed.
Full Circle is excited to be a participating farm in the program and had an outstanding experience during the first round of deliveries. Our thanks go out to Puget Sound Food Network, Beacon Hill Community Day School, Prospect Enrichment Preschool, and KPLU radio for helping make the program and our involvement a great success.
As we learn and participate more we will keep you updated on how the project plays out. Until then we hope that support from the community continues to facilitate the great program and Full Circle’s participation with it.