Chow Down for the Hungry
The Rainier Valley Food Bank, serving up necessities to Seattle's poor from the heart of Columbia City since 1991, has seen a dramatic spike in demand for their services in the months leading up to the fourth annual Chow Down.
Cuts to the SNAP food stamp program and other factors have driven the number of individuals served to a 48% increase since the start of 2014, forcing the Bank's employees to scramble to gather enough donations to supply food to a seemingly ever-growing group of needy Seattleites.
Board of Park Commissioners Meeting
Once a month, a volunteer body known as the Board of Park Commissioners meets to discuss issues related to Seattle's parks and determine what advice the mayor, city council, and other city officials need to hear in order to maintain the Emerald City's green spaces.
At last month's meeting the commissioners investigated the Parks Department's plans for a performance measurement system, raising important questions like what data Parks should collect? How would they do it? And what does park performance even mean?
These questions and others led Parks to update its work plan, and the new version will be presented at Thursday's meeting. Be there to find out what this could mean for parks in your neighborhood and potentially contribute to the discussion of how best to improve and maintain Seattle's many parks.
Board of Park Commissioners Meeting, Thur, July 24, 6:30pm, Ken Bounds Board Room, 100 Dexter Ave North, free.
Send the details to Ezra Parter at [email protected]