FEEST will be using funds from Pacific Hospital PDA to invest in FEEST’s 2017-2020 strategic planning process for the next phase of growth. To do this effectively, FEEST needs to intentionally engage their diverse stakeholders, examine health data and trends, and create a strategic plan that will match FEEST’s vision for healthy schools and neighborhoods. A strategic plan will help determine the specifics of how FEEST should expand programming to empower more low income youth of color to lead food and health policy shifts, and ultimately change the future of health in the communities served. To be most efficient and effective in this planning process, FEEST will hire a Strategic Planning Consultant for expertise and guidance through the process.
FEEST is the Food Empowerment Education and Sustainability Team. FEEST is a weekly youth-run dinner program that engages young people at Evergreen and Chief Sealth High School on issues of civic and social justice, food security, cultural expression, and community development. We gather 35-40 youth once a week to cook an improvised dinner using a table full of fresh vegetables from local markets and farmers. Everyone in the room collaborates in the design of the menu and co-creates healthy dishes in an engaging, non-hierarchal, youth led setting.