13 different programs, received RaVE assistance to prepare and serve lunch or dinner that included fresh greens and root vegetables from local farms or the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands (RBUFW).
These education and community based programs were held at seven different sites:
- Community dinners were held monthly at South Shore K-8 School averaging 69 people each month. Dinners will start back up in the fall.
- The Ground Up Program had weekday and weekend groups that worked at RBUFW and participated in preparing and eating an average of 66 meals a month.
- Community dinners held at the Rainier Community Center in April and May averaged 66 participants. A year in the planning, the June RaVE Community Barbecue at RBUFW drew 152 people who enjoyed fresh salads and roasted corn, along with other food prepared with help from Rainier Beach High School Culinary students. An average of 14 community volunteers helped each month to prepare the dinners.
- The Horn of Africa Services, (HOAS), Senior Farming project brought a group from Ethiopia and Eritrea to learn northwest farming at RBUFW. Participants prepared weekly meals with farm fresh food.