Here at the Pike Place Market Foundation, a slice of pie is much more than delicious crust and fruit filling – it’s the difference between hungry and nourished, sick and healthy, homeless and housed.
On Tuesday, May 19 we celebrated our annual Cut the Pie Awards, granting $875,000 to vital services here in the Market. Here are the results:
Neighborcare Health at Pike Place Market received $305,000; providing the unfunded healthcare costs of 1,383 visits and support for chronically homeless adults through the Clinic’s REACH program.
Pike Market Senior Center received $200,000 to cover 30% of their operating funds for the next year, including its meal program, wellness activities, and case management. The Pike Market Senior Center serves the most vulnerable population of any senior center in Seattle. About half of all Senior Center members are homeless and 90% are classified as very low income.
Pike Market Childcare & Preschool received $200,000 to fund 26,670 hours of high-quality childcare for low-income families who do not qualify for a state subsidy.
Pike Market Food Bank received $80,000 to fund 14,159 visits to the Food Bank, covering about 40% of their operating expenses.
The Food Access Program received a $50,000 grant that supports the Fresh Bucks EBT (food stamp) matching program at local summer farmer’s markets and provides discounted bags of produce to low-income preschools throughout Seattle, free weekly community cooking classes, and a monthly community meal in Pike Place Market. These programs increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables for low-income shoppers in the Market and in other Seattle neighborhoods.
Heritage House at the Market received $25,000 to provide assisted living for seniors in Pike Place Market, 89% of whom are residing on state assistance.
Chief Seattle Club received $10,000 to increase the presence of Native culture at the Market by producing excellent Native art to sell and encouraging Native people towards wellness and entrepreneurship.
The Community Safety Net received $5,000 which contributes to a growing, ongoing pool of funds for members of our community who are experiencing financial hardship and need emergency assistance to regain stability. This includes Market residents, clients of our social service agencies, farmers and merchants in the Market. Over the last year the Community Safety Net funded 32 requests from Market community members for a total of $18,460.
We couldn’t do this important work without you! Thank you to our community for all of the many ways you support the work of The Market Foundation. Together, we end hunger, care for the sick, educate kids, and find homes for those without – all right here at Pike Place Market.
Thank you to Cutters Crabhouse for donating the food and venue for this event!