Each year MPC actively works to raise community awareness about meal programs throughout King County. We accomplish our goals through community awareness events, advocacy efforts, and community engagement.
Making SAFE & NUTRITIOUS meals available to those in need!
In late 2011 we heard that the City of Seattle Human Services Department was going to close the Outdoor Meal Site (OMS) at 6th and Columbia. This important community resource provides a safe location for people in search of a nutritious meal. When the plans were unveiled to close the OMS by February 29th, 2012 we took action. In collaboration with with many community partners including the organization that manages the site, OSL (Operation Sack Lunch), MPC’s advocacy efforts began. We scheduled meetings with City Councilmembers and the Mayor’s office to advocate on behalf of this important issue.
We are happy to announce that our communty’s advocacy efforts have paid off and the plans to close the OMS have been put on hold for 6 months as a task force works to create a viable and sustainable solution. Our community is currently working to move the OMS to a location that provides both indoor and outdoor elements with meals served from 8AM until 10PM in the evening. We would like to thank our community partners for their support on this important issue, and OSL for their leadership and hard work in the advocacy effort.
On September 28th Meals Partnership Coalition presented a special event at Seattle City Hall, “Seattle Meal Programs…SAVE LIVES”. This event brought awareness and focus to an aspect of the emergency food system that is critical to the survival of people without kitchens, or who have exhausted their other available food resources.
The event was a great success in raising public awareness through our service of a free meal to more than 200 community members.
We would like to thank Whole Foods Market for sponsoring this important event, and our MPC members who made it all possible through their participation and collaboration.