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Seattle U in the News: Graduate student draws on her relationships with farmers and grocers to get unsold produce to food banks

May 5, 2020

With the city’s farmers markets shuttered for weeks and only recently beginning to reopen, some regional farmers have been stuck with produce they can’t sell. Now a collaboration between local businesses, farmers markets and food banks is working to redirect those fruits and vegetables to hungry communities across the Seattle area.

A story in the South Seattle Emerald explains how an effort to respond to uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic was made to ensure food banks have what they need during the coming months. It also keeps much-needed income flowing to the Northwest’s small farms. The program, funded by PCC Community Markets and run cooperatively by PCC and Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets, matches local farmers who have a surplus of produce with food banks in search of specific items. 

Seattle U graduate student Samantha Kielty, '20, programs manager at Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets, was among the facilitators and is quoted in the story.