'19 Fall Newsletter

Catch up on all the latest happenings at Green Plate Special this fall!

Written By: Alex Virata - 10/17/2019

Fall Garden Gathering

We're so excited to host our first annual Fall Garden Gathering! This free and family-friendly event will take place on...

Saturday, November 16th, from 11am to 3pm

It's a chance for members of our community to connect over candlemaking, putting the Green Plate Special garden to bed, and soul-warming soup. It can be an excellent opportunity for volunteer service hours, a solid workout, or just the perfect time to grab some good food and socialize! We invite you and your family to enjoy this afternoon with us in whatever capacity suits you best.

Please RSVP for this event so we can make sure we have enough food (and candle wax!) for everyone by marking yourself as "going" on the Facebook event page and spread the word by sharing the event:


Current Programs

With the new academic year in full swing, so are Green Plate Special classes and field trips! This fall we will serve over 140 young people through four different programs.

  • On-site Washington Middle School after-school sessions
  • On-site AND off-site Madrona K-5 in-school sessions
  • On-site Atlantic Street Center Teens As Parents evening cooking classes
  • On-site Atlantic Street Center after-school sessions

The turn-out for some of these programs is higher than ever before, which is very exciting! We hope to continue serving youth with greater breadth AND greater depth.

Sixth Annual Garden Gala

This year's Garden Gala was a pivotal one in GPS history, filling the garden with more new faces than we've ever had before! Out of the nearly 200 attendees who came to support our youth programs, 25% of them were experiencing our space for the very first time. It was beautiful seeing so many people from so many different walks of life come together to raise funds for seed-to-table youth education, and we feel like we have made many new lifelong connections.

In proper Green Plate Special fashion the food was fabulous, featuring the staple wood-fired ovens pizzas, garden fresh salads, and bite-sized hors d'oeuvres cooked up by our executive director Laura Dewell. In a tasty twist we featured a new recipe in place of the usual paella - a bubbling pan of Caribbean curry! Bread was donated by local Ben's Bread and Columbia City Bakery, while our dessert (an assortment of cookies) was provided by Seattle's Macrina Bakery.

Our Veggie Pull station sold out!! This year we had 85 items donated by 56 local businesses, and each had found a new home by the end of the night.

Overall, the event raised over $125,000 and counting, as in-lieu donations are still trickling in!

This year's event was made possible by sponsorships from Sea Creatures, PCC Community Markets, BECU, Stoel Rives LLP, and The Derschang Group.

Swanson's Fall Festival

For the second year in a row, Green Plate Special was selected as the beneficiary of the Swanson's Fall Festival! It was a family friendly event that featured several games and activities like veggie car races, boot pansy planting, tractor rides, a hay maze, and a spider obstacle course. Each station required a ticket or three to participate, with all ticket proceeds donated to our youth programs. Altogether the event raised $7,700 for Green Plate Special! We want to express our sincere and deep gratitude to Swanson's Nursery for making us a part of such a wonderful festival.

The Ballard Kiwanis Club was also present selling hotdogs, cookies, beverages, and popcorn. For the first time, the dollars raised by their efforts (a whopping $2,951!) will also help fund our programs.

Giving Tuesday

Every dollar counts at Green Plate Special. As a growing organization with leaders deeply involved in the work, great thought and care is put into determining how we allocate our budget. Most of our funds come in the form of grants, business donations, and generous contributions from individuals who share our mission and vision. All levels of giving are valued and necessary, and help GPS not only support our youth programs but also keep our donor community diverse and inclusive.

This November, as a part of our Giving Tuesday online fundraiser, we ask all who value seed-to-table education for youth to donate what you can and spread the word. Help us grow, dollar by dollar!

If you would like, you can contribute right now by donating HERE and writing "Giving Tuesday" in the "This gift is being made in honor of:" box.

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