Food and health disparities in our nation are some of the greatest manifestations of racism and classism. We can no longer rely upon politicians to help us. We must rely upon community. People of all ethincities, nationalities, genders, religions - working together to find solutions for each other. I have never witnessed such a display of empathy and kindness from so many people and the momentum is only getting bigger!
I know that with your help and love, we can build a world where everyone has healthy organic food, clean water, and housing. It's not Utopian. It's just the reality of abundance.
Right now we are presently distributing food boxes and resources on a weekly basis in addition to farming organic vegetables. (Currently growing Collard Greens and Kale...soon we will be growing several other fruits and veggies once we get a greenhouse)
Every single donation of any amount helps us achieve the goal of feeding our communities. If you can, we're asking you to ask yourself if you can make a minimum donation of $33.
We thank you in advance for your generous support. Please read below to find out more about the organizers and the intention behind this great project!
My name is John Wesley and I am a Seattle based organizer and art curator. I previously was a fundraising executive for Intiman Theatre, a non profit theatre founded on the principles of "fighting American inequities." In 2018, under the leadership of Phillip Chavira (formerly the organization's first Executive Director who is a person of color) and Dan Nye (the former President of the Board), I helped the organization raise several thousand dollars more than the year before.
Before the pandemic, I partnered with my dear friend Kymani Thomas to create an art gallery centered around the voices of people of color.
Our gallery (The Square) is located at 813 Hiawatha Place South in Seattle, Washington. Due to policies instated by our governor, we can no longer host events at our gallery at this time. We both have done some soul searching about how we can best serve our community and this is one of the manifestations of those conversations. While we will still be selling art online, what our community needs even more is ORGANIC FOOD.
More people are out of work than ever and that means more people lack water/clothes/food/shelter than ever. We want to focus specifically on getting organic food to members of the BIPOC community.
*BIPOC - Black/Indigenous Person of Color
Keli Lucas is a Jewish/Syrian artist, curator, community organizer and woman of color born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. We've been friends and business partners for 3 years. Last year I started organizing her world tour that included a humanitarian mission to Puerto Rico and an art exhibition in Seattle, Washington. Presently, multiple of her paintings are hanging up at The Square. (Just sold one of her beautiful works of art last week!)
Keli Lucas has lead the way in providing food to thousands of people in Brooklyn,NY by partnering with SUN (Sustainable United Neighborhoods) and local leaders to convert her gallery space (located in the Bushwick Generator) into a food bank.
I've been inspired by the efforts of this powerful human and now The Square will be pivoting by directing most of our time and intention towards using our gallery space as the headquarters for Seattle BIPOC Organic Food Bank.
Non-Traditional Structure: Due to this pandemic, we will not be accepting physical food items.
Our strategy is to...
1) Send gift cards from organic stores (Central Co-Op / PCC / etc) to those in need
2) Send food boxes from organic farm subscription services (Presently partnered with @PlantBasedFoodShareSea
3) Provide monthly food pop-ups where we partner with local chefs to provide hot meals for FREE to those in need. (We hosted our first pop up at Danny Woo Community Garden)
We know that if people can spend $10-$15 a month on streaming services like Netflix, HBO Plus, and Hulu, they can do the same to help people have access to healthy organic food during these trying times.
We thank you for your kindness and generous financial support. It means the world!
For larger donations and partnerships, kindly message us after making a small donation. :)
- Willow Fox
- Joanna Grist
John Wesley Sargent