City of Des Moines – 2019 – $9100
This unique program helps King County low-income senior participants purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, bread and other qualifying food items at the Des Moines Farmers Market with free, weekly $10 tokens.
Our seniors are a valued part of our communities, but many of them find it difficult to make ends meet. Quality fresh food is often at a premium at grocery stores, and some have to choose between quality or price, or even go without. Additionally, since the QFC in downtown Des Moines closed a couple of years ago, a greater part of the area has become more food insecure than previously, with access to only convenience store-type groceries for those without reliable vehicle transportation. Many of the seniors who visit the Market are brought by bus from a retirement community, and would not be able to make it up to Pacific Highway to the larger grocery stores.
For more information contact: Kim Richmond, 206-595-9971
Jessica has managed the Member Jurisdiction and WRIA Grant Programs at KCD since March 2007. Jessica has a Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies and Spanish and graduate level education in the fields of Public Administration, Urban Planning, and Facilitation and Negotiation. She is an experienced program manager responsible for tracking millions of dollars in grant funding with a successful track record of liaising with local governments, nonprofits, and watershed groups on natural resource conservation issues.