Making Justice Irresistibly Delicious
FEEST is 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 centers young people as leaders toward concrete changes in our food systems.
At the foundation of our work are youth-led dinners where students gather around food, celebrate and share culture, and build community with peers. Breaking bread together builds lasting connections that become a foundation for long-term organizing. Rooted in radical joy, we are building power toward policy changes that increase food access for all students.
FEEST’s work is grounded by love for our communities, pride in our cultures, celebration of our best selves. As FEEST’s infectious culture spreads, we are building a sustainable organizing community where young people are empowered to take control of their personal and community health. We see a change in behaviors and cultural norms where youth are making healthier choices in their everyday lives and the very concept of “healthy” includes cultural and ancestral foods that reflect who they are.
We are building youth power by elevating young people as respected and trusted leaders in their communities. Youth lead FEEST’s dinners, run campaigns at their schools, and are involved at all levels of decision making — from hiring staff or vetting major organizational decisions, to joining the Board of Directors as alumni. FEEST works toward a liberated world where young people, people of color, immigrants, low-income and other marginalized folks can determine their own lives and futures.
Youth are in the lead at FEEST because change is not effective unless those most impacted by health inequities are the decision makers. When young people lead the way with creative solutions, the whole community benefits. Fierce youth who speak truth to power are essential in a time when our communities are constantly under threat by a political system that directly threatens our survival.
We seek health justice: the elimination of all barriers for people to live physically, mentally, socially, culturally healthy lives.
Our mission is to set the table for young people to transform the health and equity of their community by gathering around food & working towards systems change.
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Youth are in the lead at FEEST because we know that change is not effective unless those most impacted by health inequities are the decision makers. Support youth leadership by donating today, OR sign up for our newsletter to get the latest from FEEST!