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Elders of Color Face Major Hurdles Getting COVID Vaccine

by Carolyn Bick


Every day, Lynda Greene and her fellow staffers at the SouthEast Seattle Senior Center field about 30–45 phone calls from community elders trying to schedule an appointment to get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.

Most of these callers are crying. Most of them are Black.

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Help for the Hungry: Mutual Aid Networks Thrive During Pandemic

 by Alexa Peters


In March of last year, shortly after the city shuttered the first time due to COVID-19, Seattle’s Maria Lamarca Anderson wanted take-out. She called up a BIPOC-owned Filipino restaurant she’d been meaning to try, Beacon Hill’s Musang Seattle.

“I said, ‘Hi, I’d like to order food.’ They said, ‘Oh, well, you can’t, but if you need food come and get it,’” said Lamarca Anderson.

She was confused, but Lamarca Anderson drove to the restaurant anyway. Once there, she learned that upon closing their businesses when the pandemic hit, Musang’s owner, Melissa Miranda, had pivoted from regular restaurant operations to form the Seattle Community Kitchen Collective with a few other local restaurant owners, including Chef Tarik Abdullah from Feed the People. Ever since, the coalition had been donating their kitchens and labor to make meals for anyone who’s hungry, 100% of the time.

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Senior Center Meal Program Works Every Weekday to Fill Need, But Challenges Remain

by Carolyn Bick


Shiny, blushed coral apples sit in rows on the tables in front of brown paper bags. Lined up almost perfectly straight, one right next to the other, they almost look like little cherubs, dutifully waiting their turn to leap into a bank of puffy clouds.

But they aren’t mythical creatures. They’re vital sources of nutrition for the more than 160 seniors who rely on the Southeast Seattle Senior Center’s hot meal program. On this particular Thursday morning, a handful of masked volunteers works to prepare the day’s meal, a steaming-hot, colorful mix of vegetables cooked with golden cubes of fried tofu served over a couple scoops of white rice.

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Senior Center On Front lines of Community Aid, While Seeking It

by Carolyn Bick


Bill rustled open the somewhat battered plastic bag he’d brought along with him, as Linda Lewis put aside two brown bag lunches for him from the grab-and-go cart set up inside the Southeast Seattle Senior Center (SESSC).

“Okay, I’ll be here tomorrow,” Bill said, after the center’s chef, Sharon Smith, offered to make him something special. Bill doesn’t eat red meat, and Tuesday’s menu was set to involve ham. Continue reading Senior Center On Front lines of Community Aid, While Seeking It