Teens plan meals, build community with FEEST
FEEST meals are made with fresh, local foods.
PHOTO: Naomi Ishisaka
Every week, 35 to 40 teens from the Delridge and White Center neighborhoods work together to cook an improvised dinner using fresh vegetables from local markets and farms. The team collaborates to design the menu and create healthy dishes before sitting down to share the meal together.
FEEST (Food Empowerment Education and Sustainability Team) was founded in 2006 as part of the King County Food and Fitness Initiative. Ten years later, FEEST is a powerful, youth-driven organization hosting weekly dinners where young people learn about food, nutrition, and how to build strong connections in their community.
The FEEST team brings a diverse group to the dinner table to dialogue about what they experience in their schools and community, think critically about how race and class relate to access to healthy foods, learn about food production and nutrition, and engage in youth-led solution making.
The program has now expanded to include their own community garden, an annual youth summit, and internships for those interested in journalism, agriculture, or culinary education. FEEST's interns are running an ongoing campaign against junk food in collaboration with King County Public Health, and are working to improve school lunches.
Thousands of kids have flourished under this program, stating that they don't just learn how to grow vegetables, they learn how to grow as people, and how to interact in the real world. Visit their website for information about upcoming events, or to donate to their ongoing culinary and community-driven mission.