King County employees and community partners came together last week to celebrate the downtown Goat Hill Giving Garden. Attendees took a short break from their day to enjoy lavender lemonade made with lavender from the garden, pick up giveaways provided by LOOP Biosolids, learn about the history of the garden, and to hear firsthand reflections from Caroline Whalen, Whitney Abrams, Pike Market Senior Center, and many more.
“We provide two meals to 150 people in the downtown area every day. That’s why it means so much to us that you donate the fresh fruits and vegetables grown here,” explains Jeannie Falls, Executive Director of Pike Market Senior Center. The Center provides warm meals, a food bank and other resources for people in need. To date, over 1700 pounds of healthy vegetables, herbs, and fruit from the Garden have been donated to help feed low income and seniors in the downtown area.
“We’re committed to equity and social justice in our programs and design, and are proud to support a program that provides resources for people close to us who may be hungry or homeless,” offers Elissa Benson, Deputy Director of King County’s Facilities Management Division (FMD).
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