Who We are
The Meals Partnership Coalition has roots that go back more than 30 years and has been in its present form since 1999. MPC was founded to support the work of Seattle non-profit meal providers through the sharing of resources and information in order to better serve the nutritional needs of our vulnerable community members.
10 years later MPC is still founded in the support of emergency meal programs, but today MPC is also much more. Our members include not only meal programs, but local leaders, concerned community members, and other essential agencies within the emergency food system. While supporting our members we also understand and honor the specific needs of the vulnerable community members who access meal programs in order to meet their daily nutritional needs.
A central tenet of MPC is our “Eat Real Food Campaign.” The Eat Real Food campaign guides all of the work that we do as a community, and is based on the belief all people have the right to safe and nutritious food and not just a privileged few. Within the Eat Real Food campaign we focus on access to foods that are chemically safe and nutritionally wholesome. To learn more about this campaign please see our Eat Real Food page.
In coordination with our Eat Real Food campaign, MPC provides special educational trainings for our community. These trainings include our annual Meals for Many training which teaches meal providers how to provide meals for large groups in an effective manner, nutrition education seminars that are open to the public and teach how nutrition and food safety affects ourselves and meal guests, connecting coalition meal provider members with food/financial donors, representing the interests and needs of emergency meal providers at the local and state government levels, partnering with other parts of the emergency food system to better serve the needs of our community members, and of course our monthly meetings where we host many different special discussions that range from pandemic flu preparedness within meal programs to grant writing tips.
We do all of these things with one goal in mind; That all people in need within King County have access to the most nutritious and safest free meals as possible.