LWK’s Community Wellness Hub will improve health outcomes for immigrant and low-income communities, providing nutrition and health education and on-site preventative health services in a welcoming, culturally- and linguistically-appropriate setting.
Funding will support building our capacity to pilot, refine, and sustain the integration of a Wellness hub at the Kent East Hill Farmers Market (KEHFM). This hub will be a welcoming, health prevention station for market-goers, the majority of whom are immigrants, people of color, and low-income families. The market is a successful attraction for these populations already because we accept EBT and the Freshbucks EBT incentive program, and because ten of our farmers are immigrants themselves. This coming year we will build on these features by acting as a check distribution point for WIC through our partnership with Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP). We will also increase the amount of culturally relevant produce brought to market through our work with immigrant farmers at LWK’s Auburn Greenhouse and Farm.
Living Well Kent Collaborative
Living Well Kent (LWK) is a community-driven collaborative dedicated to the vision of public spaces and initiatives that encourage healthier lifestyles and better living. It is focused on creating a healthier, more equitable and more sustainable city. LWK’s specific goals include creating community in which all residents thrive:
- Widespread access to healthy and affordable food for all residents
- Safer streets and public spaces that encourage physical activity
- Greater equity and therefore opportunities to achieve full potential
- A strong sense of community inclusion
- We recognize that our community is ethnically and culturally diverse and that our work must stay grounded in diverse voices.
We believe that all people and food have purpose. We seek to understand and celebrate each other across barriers around culture, age, values, gender, ethnicity, politics, and physical, linguistic, intellectual or developmental abilities.