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Walter Smith, Volunteer and Community Member

While you shop for the juiciest piece of fruit at a Pike Place Market produce stand, our volunteer Walter from Pike Market Food Bank is carting away boxes of slightly imperfect, yet perfectly delicious and nutritious fruits and veggies. He is sourcing day-old bread from La Panier, coffee from Starbucks and boxes of bananas from Target so that our hungry neighbors stay nourished.

While volunteering at the Food Bank, Walter learned about the Market Commons. He was recovering from bypass surgery when he first found the community of services at the Market. After talking with staff at The Market Commons, they realized he was having a hard time with his recovery because he’d been sleeping on the floor of his apartment – for three years without a bed! Within 24 hours staff at The Market Commons found a service to donate and deliver a bed to Walter’s apartment.

Walter continues to volunteer at the Food Bank, and helps with the Market Foundation’s events and outreach to other community members. Thank you Walter for all that you do!

Watch Walter’s story and the stories of other members of our community below!