Our roots started in food justice and through that, we have won systemic improvements in school food in both Highline and Seattle Public Schools. Since the 2020 campaign to remove police from Seattle Public Schools, we have expanded our campaign goals to include a wide range of systemic solutions that improve student wellness at school.
FEEST trains youth of color and working-class youth to build collective power and organize for transformative and systemic change in their schools. Our power comes from building a strong base, developing youth leaders, and running dynamic, radically joyful campaigns for systemic material change.
Our work is both youth-led and multigenerational.
Since the pandemic started, we have:
- Moved our youth leadership program online, focusing on political education, skill-building, and preparing youth to become powerful food justice organizers.
- Supported over 1,000 families with food assistance in the form of grocery delivery and grocery gift cards.
- Conducted surveys to learn about the barriers students face accessing healthy food during the pandemic.
- Ran a successful campaign to remove police from Seattle Public Schools.
- Developed a new Organizing Strategy to guide our work.
Vision Statement for the Society We Want:
We envision a society where working-class youth and families of color are thriving in vibrant, politically powerful communities. We see this society built on values that include, but are not limited to:
--Transformative Racial, Economic, and Environmental Justice:
-Eliminating oppression at its roots, prioritizing equity, and ensuring that everyone can live a healthy life on a sustainable planet
--Interdependence and Collective Liberation:
-Recognizing that our struggles are linked and that we need to build trust with each other and work together to achieve liberation for all people
-Those most impacted by injustice should be the primary decision-makers on how to address it
--Creativity and Radical Joy!
-We embrace our natural impulses for happiness and creativity to connect with each other, build community, and energize our movements
Vision Statement for the Schools we want:
We envision a today where youth of color and working-class youth exercise their power to change systems that serve them so that they can thrive physically, mentally, and emotionally. In our vision, schools are vibrant learning centers that reflect the students they serve and support the long-term growth and holistic wellness of students and our communities.
FEEST works toward a liberated world where young people, people of color, immigrants, low-income, and other marginalized folks can determine their own lives and futures.
Youth are in the lead at FEEST because change is not effective unless those most impacted by health inequities are the decision-makers. When young people lead the way with creative solutions, the whole community benefits. Fierce youth who speak truth to power are essential in a time when our communities are constantly under threat by a political system that directly threatens our survival.
FEEST's Big Table Membership Program:
Do you want to support us continuously? Consider becoming a monthly donor! For the same price as a cup of coffee, eating out for the evening, or a month of Netflix or Hulu, you can support the FEEST Team by building power inside of schools and making a change in our communities. Consider joining the Big Table!
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Thank you SO much to the FEEST Board for providing a $1,500 match!