Letters: Seniors, food drive, and minimum wage

May 09, 2018

Update on senior issues

 

It has now been several months since I last wrote you. In this time, little progress has been made in advancement of senior issues. It seems as though the rhetoric around support for a future Senior Center is just that, “rhetoric.”

I pledged to this community to pursue a location and a facility to bring together our seniors and the other generations that will shape our great city for decades to come.

I am not giving up on that mission.

There has been a leadership change within the Senior Citizen Organization and I have attempted to work closely with them to explore our options. In doing so, we have had some conversations and interest from at least one member of the Mukilteo City Council however, it does not appear that this issue is yet a priority.

To change this we need support from the community, young and old alike.

Involving individuals that have lifetime experiences will go a long way to solving the issues we are seeing with addiction, homelessness and violence. We can only solve these issues by working together, and our seniors are an important piece to this puzzle.

I am asking that the citizens of Mukilteo call upon your mayor and other elected leaders to support advancement of senior issues, and find a way to bring a Senior Center to Mukilteo.

 

James Yoo

Mukilteo

 

Mukilteo Community Garden Fresh Fruit and Veggie Drive at QFC

 

The Mukilteo Community Garden (MCG) extends its sincerest thanks to the patrons of the Mukilteo QFC for their overwhelming charitableness. When asked to donate fresh produce to support the Mukilteo Food Bank, the customers were extremely generous and donated 683 lbs of fruits and vegetables and over $100.

On Sunday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Garden hosted a “Fresh Fruits and Veggie” Drive in front of the QFC.  Customers were greeted by MCG volunteers and were provided a suggested list of “fresh fruits and vegetables” and were asked to donate.

And the shoppers’ answer was amazing! One man came out of the store with a Starbucks for him and a bag of groceries for the food bank.

The Mukilteo Community Garden grows fresh produce for local food banks and donates approximately 2,000 lbs annually. Since it is too early in the season to harvest any crops, MCG hosted the food drive to supplement their donations. Another food drive will be conducted in the fall when the season is winding down and the garden is put to bed.

The garden would also like to thank Gloria Flatterich, Lorie Rynhard, Ashley Pritt, Danielle O’Keefe and Julie Kelly for volunteering their time by coming out on Sunday to greet the customers. MCG also thanks QFC for allowing the garden to host the event at their store.

Since the garden is an all-volunteer organization, it relies heavily on the community for donations and volunteers.

And the community has once again responded in a BIG way.

MCG truly appreciates everyone’s generosity.

 

Julie Kelly

Board Member, Mukilteo Community Garden

 

Continuing the conversation

 

While there are many arguments about the minimum or living wage, as well as what Scandinavian countries do to insure all their citizens are cared for, right now America needs to take action to end hunger and poverty among up to half of its citizens. (Letters to the Editor in the Mukilteo Beacon by Mr. Unneland and Mr. Lawrence).

One in five children live in poverty. One in six adults have trouble putting food on the table.

Up to 50 percent of seniors are in danger of malnutrition, according to Martha Peppones, Director of Nutrition and Advocacy for Homage Senior Services.  Time to turn this around.

The proposed Farm Bill would negatively impact over two million Americans according to Northwest Harvest.

While it is great to debate the answers, right now it is time to call, write, or visit those who represent you in Congress and tell them not to support the current Farm Bill that increases hunger for millions.

Instead let’s do what it takes to end hunger in the world’s richest nation. Start by fully funding SNAP, because it works.

Next, root out the causes of hunger and poverty and provide ladders out of poverty to all who need them.

 

Willie Dickerson

Snohomish

 

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