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More than just lunch is served up at Lake City’s Senior Lunch

Lake City-based Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) works to bring food to local families and now seniors through its Healthy HIP Packs Program, meal programs, and by advocating for our hungry neighbors.

senior meal      Delicious meals and exciting speakers are lined up for the month of January at Lake City’s own senior lunch.  The new community meal started in November 2013 and is already a regular Monday activity for many local seniors.  Menus change every week to keep things interesting.  Some favorites served in the past two months have included turkey and spinach lasagna, cottage pie, and chili.  Guests say they keep coming back because the food has been so delicious.  They also are very pleased that each week’s meal always includes fruits and vegetables.

The Senior meal program was started in partnership between Hunger Intervention Program, Senior Services, and the Lake City Community Center.  The meal of course aims to provide a regular low-cost, nutritious and delicious meal for seniors.  It is also an opportunity to build community and to learn new things.  Most week’s meals feature guest speakers, activities, and classes, all designed just for seniors.

Come meet new friends, share news with old friends, learn something new from workshops designed just for seniors and hear from a local author.  Lunch is served every Monday 12 – 1 pm at the Lake City Community Center (12531 28th Ave NE)  There is a suggested donation of $3 per meal for seniors 60 and over; $6 suggested donation for all others.  All are welcome regardless of ability to donate.

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January Menu

January 6th
Homemade Chili, Cornbread,  Green bean salad, tangerines, Milk

January 13th
A Penny SavedChicken Cacciatore with noodles, Tossed green salad with dressing, Roll, Chocolate Cake with Strawberrie, Milk
Activity:  “A Penny Saved”, workshop presented by Lara Okoloko of the Wallingford Community Senior Center, 11 am – 12 pm

January 20th
Turkey Burger and fixings, Roasted potatoes, Homemade vegetable soup, Peach pie bar, Milk
Activity: Local Author Reading & Book SigningImogene Inglet, Lil’ Ol’ Lake City, 1 pm

January 27th
Squash & Lentil Stew, Steamed rice, Roasted green beans, Fruit Salad, Cranberry bars, Milk
Activity:  Molly Humphrie, Senior Librarian at Lake City Public Library

 

 

Last Minute Turkey Day Ideas

Lake City-based Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) works to bring food to local families and now seniors through its Healthy HIP Packs Program, meal programs, and by advocating for our hungry neighbors.

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Photo Credit: Craig P Stehling, Momentum Imagery

Hunger Intervention Program’s new weekly senior meal had a packed house this past Monday.  Fifty-eight seniors joined HIP at the Lake City Community Center for an early Thanksgiving meal.  We heard such rave reviews that we thought we’d share our recipes with everyone, in case you are still trying to figure out what to make for your Thanksgiving dinner.  See below for a couple of the favorites.

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Photo Credit: Craig P Stehling, Momentum Imagery

 

 

 

 

 

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Photo Credit: Craig P Stehling, Momentum Imagery

Thank you to Kaffeeklatsch and Fred Meyer for donating our pumpkin pies and sparkling apple cider.

And remember, all seniors 60 and over are invited to join HIP for Senior Lunch, every Monday 12 – 1 pm.  There is a suggested donation of $3 per meal for seniors 60 and over.  No seniors will be denied a meal because of an inability to donate.

Happy Turkey Day everyone!!

HIP’s Thanksgiving Dinner Selections:
- Cranberry Applesauce
- Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- Roasted Green Beans

Cranberry Applesauce
A great accompaniment to your turkey and perfect on that day after turkey sandwich.
Makes 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 medium apples
  • 2 cups cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water

Directions

  1. Peel and cut apples into large chunks
  2. Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes.  Let cool.
  3. Using a potato masher or a spoon, mash the cranberries and apples together to a chunky consistency.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes
This recipe has a lovely orange flavor that complements and doesn’t overpower the sweet potatoes.
Makes 8-10 servings

  • 4 pounds yams, scrubbed clean
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger (for an extra kick, use fresh ginger)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, slightly softened
  • Salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Prick yams with a fork several times, and place on a cooking sheet. Bake at 375° for 1 hour or until soft to the touch.
  2. Cool yams slightly; cut in half lengthwise, and scoop flesh into a large bowl.  Add orange juice, and remaining ingredients and mash by hand.  You can also do this in a food processor.
  3. Transfer to a metal or glass baking pan.  Bake at 350F until temperature reaches 165F or is warmed through.

Roasted Green Beans
A great alternative to that traditional green bean casserole that lets you actually enjoy the green beans!

  • 1 pound fresh or frozen green beans, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 small onion, thinly sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1 tablespoons finely chopped lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Toss the green beans in a large baking dish with the oil and onions and season with salt and pepper. Roast until golden brown, about 15 to 18 minutes. (Add 5 more minutes if using frozen green beans)
  3. Sprinkle nuts, zest and parsley over the top before serving.

 

Fall Volunteer Opportunities with Hunger Intervention Program

Lake City-based Hunger Intervention Program works to bring food to local families through its Healthy HIP Packs Program, free summer meals for kids, and by advocating for hungry families.

HIP took a late summer vacation and is returning at the end of September to kick off our Healthy HIP Packs Program.  This year, we will be providing weekend food packs to 120 children!  Here is how you can get involved:

  • Monday & Friday morning Prep teams will be back the week of September 23rd helping to package foods for our Healthy HIP Packs program.  If you are interested in joining us, please stop by Lake City Presbyterian Church between 9 and 11 am Monday and Friday mornings. 9512558312_df737c20f5_o
  • Monthly Packing Parties will start up in October.  Our first will be Thursday, October 10th 3-5 pm here at HIP/Lake City Presbyterian.  This is a fun, fast-paced volunteer project for all ages!  Come help assemble our Healthy HIP Packs, which provide local children at risk of hunger with food to take home each weekend.8728980059_918c9b602b_o
  • In mid-October, HIP will be piloting a new weekly senior lunch at the Lake City Community Center.  We’ll be looking for volunteers to help with cooking, outreach, and service at the site.  If you are interested in learning more about this program, please email Kate.

The best way to stay up to date on what is new with HIP is to make sure you are on our newsletter email list.  You can join here!

What HIP Did this Summer

Lake City-based Hunger Intervention Program works to bring food to local families through its Healthy HIP Packs Program, free summer meals for kids, and by advocating for hungry families.

Thanks to everyone who made it to our End of Summer Party!  We had a blast celebrating our successful summer meal program with you.  For those of you who couldn’t make it, we wanted to share your amazing accomplishments this summer.
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3,894 cups of milk  +  1,963 almond butter & jelly sandwiches  +  96 pounds of carrots  +  77 pounds of strawberries  +  200 pounds of berries donated by Hayton Farms (!)  +  843 turkey pesto meatballs  +  690 HIP-made fruit popsicles  +  58 dozen eggs  +  189 pounds of watermelon  +  more
= 4,923 meals served this summer!
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Our weekly worldly menus in August traveled from Greece (hummus & pita) to Vietnam (tofu bahn mi), from Japan (rice balls & edamame) to Mexico (bean & rice tacos and paletas).Our volunteers, interns and community partners offered reading, crafts, and games to help create fun meal sites for kids and a break for parents.

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Our volunteers of all ages worked hard in the summer heat to prepare delicious meals for kids.
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Parents shared with us what a difference the summer meal program made for them.  It allowed them to stretch their budgets and to be able to provide a nutritious, well rounded dinner for their children.
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To see more pictures from HIP’s summer meal program, check out our Flickr photostream!

HIP is taking a late summer break September 3 – 20.  Stay tuned for more details on how you can volunteer with us when we return at the end of September.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Get to Know HIP’s Summer Meal Interns

Lake City-based Hunger Intervention Program works to bring food to local families through its Healthy HIP Packs Program, free summer meals for kids, and by advocating for hungry families.  

Thanks to United Way King County, HIP has four awesome summer meal interns this summer.  They are part of United Way’s One Million Meals Campaign that is aiming to increase participation in summer meal programs.  In 2012, only 9% of kids and teens who qualified for free or reduced price meals during the school year took part in the summer meal program.  Part of the difficulty is a limited number of summer meal sites.  Another barrier is getting the word out to kids and teens.  Fiona, Breanna, Sam, and Joshua (pictured below in order) are all here in Lake City this summer to address these two issues.  Every weekday, they can be found at HIP’s FOUR summer meal sites.  The rest of the time, they are out and about spreading the word of summer meals for kids.  Get to know them better below, come join us at a meal site, and look for them with the HIP van in the Pioneer Days Parade this weekend.

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Fiona Stefanik is a rising senior at the University of Washington, where she majors in anthropology and French with a minor in global health. When she grows up, she’d like to go to grad school for either anthropology or dance – or both, as she’d love to focus on anthropological dance research. This summer, she’s working on the Million Meals Campaign with HIP because, after three years in college, she has come to think of Seattle as her home, and she wants to give back to the community that has embraced her. As the newest member of the HIP summer meals team, Fiona is excited about the offer versus serve meal option, increasing numbers at the Jane Addams site and getting to know the regulars. She is also interested in learning more about how nonprofits navigate bureaucracy.

Breanna Hudson is currently a student at the University of Washington where she is majoring in geography.  She plans to attend graduate school for geography or urban planning and would like to be a teacher because she will have a summer break for life.    A resident of Seattle, Breanna notices considerable class privilege, particularly in the college atmosphere. Breanna also participated in the Summer Meals program as a child.  Because of these reasons, she is working with HIP to give back to and interact with the community she feels a part of.  A favorite aspect of her meal site at Lake City Community Center is the built-in sense of community.  Many people who come already know each other so Lake City Community Center is not just a meal site, but a place for the community to gather and interact in solidarity.  Unique, but nevertheless important, lessons Breanna learned are that kids don’t like milk as much as she expected and to never leave children unattended with Play-Doh.

A graduate of Western University, Samantha Heim is currently living in Ballard while saving up money to travel to Europe.  She chose to work with Hunger Intervention Program because she wanted a summer job dealing with food security and an opportunity to gain further insight into the operations of a nonprofit.  Her site is located at Viewlands Elementary. One thing she enjoys about her site is the sense of community and school spirit.  Many of the families coming to the meal site attend Viewlands during the school year and come to the site for the meal and to meet new and old friends.  Experiencing the Summer Meals Program, Samantha has learned how to navigate through the difficulty of logistical food operations and the role nutrition has in community development. She observes, “People getting access to nutrition is much harder than I previously thought.”  The skills she would like to take from this experience include outreach, planning events, and working with kids.  Samantha is happy to be working with HIP.

A recent graduate of the University of Washington, Joshua Aresenaux majored in Political Science. His first job was working as a treasurer for the Cascadia Community College in Bothell. His long-term goal is to attend law school. Joshua enjoys working with the Hunger Intervention Program because he is attaining more experience working with children. It has also given him the opportunity to talk with people who receive the free meals, and gain a better understanding of the under resourced communities he is working with. Joshua hopes this summer experience will provide him with valuable skills which he can apply to his next AmeriCorps position, working with the Bothell Youth Court. He hopes to focus on restorative justice practices, helping to provide a productive alternative for at-risk youth. Joshua said his favorite thing about working at the Lake City Court playground is the freedom and imagination which fills the park when the kids play.

IMG_3653 Shout out to our superstar volunteer James, who helps us pack up every morning and leads activities at the Lake City Court meal site.

Lastly a shout out to Olivia Price, who interned with HIP for the first four weeks of the summer.  A recent Public Health major from UW, Olivia helped to get the Jane Addams meal site up and running.  She’s remembered by her fellow interns for her love of 80′s music and her artistic skills, particularly with face painting.  photo 4

 

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HIP’s Summer Meals Team: Superstar volunteer James; Summer Meal Interns Fiona, Breanna, Sam & Joshua; HIP Executive Director Kate Murphy, HIP Program Coordinator Darcy Buendia

 

Pennies for HIP!

IMG_4604Lake City-based Hunger Intervention Program works to bring food to local families through its Healthy HIP Packs Program, free summer meals for kids, and by advocating for hungry families.

By Kate Murphy, HIP Executive Director

Back in April, I visited the John Rogers Elementary Penny Harvest Roundtable group to share information about our Healthy HIP Packs Program.  This is a group of students from kindergarten to 5th grade.  They meet at least once a week to decide what organizations to distribute the $1000 they’ve raised through their Penny Harvest this year.  Valeri McGregor and Amy Ferguson, the teachers who oversee the program said this year they had close to 50 students apply to participate.  It was hard to select from such a great group of applicants, and great they are.

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I was so impressed by the questions the students asked, completely unprompted by either of the teachers.  Do you partner with other organizations?  How many kids did you serve this year? How does one volunteer with your program? What do you do for kids with food allergies?  We talked about how HIP gets the money and food for its programs.  We also talked about how students can sign up to participate.  And, because many of the students are currently HIP volunteers at our monthly packing party, they were able to share with the group how much fun this volunteer activity is.  One student asked what happens during the summer and another student who volunteered with us last summer was able to share what he did and how the summer meal program worked, with amazing detail!

After HIP’s visit, the group continued to meet with other area organizations and then decide how to donate their funds.  The teachers cannot direct their decision in any way.  The group seemed really excited about the HIP Packs Program and how it benefits students at their own school.  So, I thought maybe HIP will have a shot.  But, I heard the puppies at PAWS made a pretty compelling pitch too…

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Fast forward to yesterday when HIP was awarded $500 from the John Rogers Penny Harvest Roundtable!  The group prepared an amazing award ceremony where they described the Penny Harvest Program and the two recipient organizations, HIP and People for Puget SoundHIP penny harvestThey ended with some great questions for the entire school audience.  How many of you will donate pennies next year to Penny Harvest?  The room filled with energetic hands.  How many of you will apply to be a part of Penny Harvest next year?  More hands!  What a great example of kids learning about philanthropy and how with just a penny you can make quite a difference.      Kids

State Food Assistance is a smart investment for Washington children

Last week, Hunger Intervention Program hosted a screening of A Place at the Table, a film highlighting hunger in America.  As children, like ten-year old Rosie, shared their experiences, the overwhelming response from the audience was heads shaking side-to-side, saying “this isn’t right” and “how is this possible?”   In a state as rich with resources as Washington, why aren’t we all shaking our heads that one in four kids are going to bed hungry tonight?

multicultural_kids_circle_xlargeEveryone can agree that all children deserve an equal opportunityto learn and succeed in school.  This is the ideal on which our country was founded.  No matter where you come from or what you look like, all children should have the opportunity to excel.  Already, too many children in Washington struggle in school because of hunger.  They are sick more often, have trouble concentrating, and miss more days of school.  The power to make sure more children have enough food on their table is in the hands of Washington legislators.

Last summer, just as school let out and food insecure families began to worry about how to afford food when their children are out of school and not receiving school breakfast and lunch, the Washington State legislature cut the State Food Assistance budget by 50%.  This slashing left 14,000 kids in Washington families without enough food.

The State Food Assistance Program was built on the principle that no child should go hungry.  After Congress eliminated food assistance for legal, documented immigrants in 1996, former Governor Gary Locke and a bipartisan legislature designed the State Food Assistance program in 1997 to leverage national dollars and cost-effectively work with the federal food stamp program.

Our legislators are currently tasked with increasing funding for education.  One can’t help but wonder, what good will this investment in education do if many of our children are too sick and too hungry to learn?

The fight to end hunger is complicated.  It can be overwhelming when you look around and see our safeguards against hunger slowly crumbling, just as need is rising.  So, let’s start small with a solution that has helped Washington families since 1997 – restore funding for State Food Assistance.  Contact your legislators and ask them to restore funding to State Food Assistance.  Let them know that our budget crisis cannot be solved by taking food off the tables of our children.

Contact your legislators today.  Call 1-800-562-6000 or email your representatives and senator directly.

 

Man discovered trapped overnight in wrecked car on edge of ravine

Firefighters work to remove a man trapped in a car on the edge of Thornton Creek ravine.

Firefighters work to remove a man trapped in a car on the edge of a ravine.(LCL photo)

John Shearer came outside to an unusual sight in his yard on Tuesday morning. There was a wrecked car in blackberrry bushes, on the edge of the ravine, pointing downward into Thornton Creek far below. When Shearer went to investigate, he discovered a man trapped in the car, laying under the dashboard. The man had been there all night.

Firefighters arrived after Shearer called 9-1-1. They had to cut the roof and steering wheel from the car to free the 67 year-old man.

Shearer said that cars often drive down the driveway, led astray by GPS devices that seem to be unable to make sense of streets around the ravine near Hiram Place NE. News crews using GPS devices even had a difficult time finding the location as some ended up on the southwest side of the ravine.

The man was transported to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition, according to Seattle Fire Department Spokesman Kyle Moore.

The Seattle P-I has photos showing firefighters rescuing the man and showing the car after the rescue in their post here.

Update: Photo added (below) from other side of ravine, courtesy of a neighbor.

Car in ravine as seen from the west side of Thornton Creek.

Car in ravine as seen from the west side of Thornton Creek.

Map below shows where accident happened.

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