Food Empowerment Education and Sustainability Team (FEEST)
FEEST organizes low income youth and youth of color in South Seattle and South King County to become leaders for food justice and health equity. Our unique model is rooted in the value that systemic change must occur hand-in-hand with culture shift work, and that young people most impacted by institutional oppression must be at the center of creating schools that are healthy, thriving spaces for all. Our goal is to create a food justice movement that is grounded in racial justice, radical joy and youth power.
Everything we do is rooted in radical joy — love for our communities, pride in our cultures, celebration of our best selves. We work toward a liberated world where young people, people of color, immigrants, low-income and other marginalized folks can self-determine their own lives and futures. We seek health justice: the elimination of all barriers for people to live physically, mentally, socially, culturally healthy lives.
Our work flips the script on long-established power structures and places youth at the forefront of the movement for healthy schools. Through community dinners and school food organizing, we are building lasting movement 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 valued as leaders, they have access to healthier choices in their everyday lives, and the very concept “healthy” includes cultural and ancestral foods that reflect who they are.
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!