impact report - 2020

2020 was quite a year for everyone! We said goodbye to the founder Laura Dewell, and reorganized to face pandemic conditions, leaning into conversations with our communities to answer, ‘What now?’ 

Pandemic Pivot 

Our community partners asked us to become a grocery distribution to ensure food security for communities in Seattle and surrounding areas during uncertain times. Staff and volunteers spent hours each week receiving food drop-offs from various vendors, re-packaging and prepping the food, canning almost-too-ripe fruit into compotes and apple sauce, packing up the bags, and delivering them to various community members and organizations. We planted and harvested produce from our own GPS garden which we added to the grocery bags, ensuring our community had robust food options.   

Community Relationships 

We fostered new relationships and deepened existing ones. Our profound gratitude to Atlantic Street Center; Rainier Valley Food Bank; Seattle Indian Health Board; Friends of the Youth; PCC Community Markets; New Horizons; Oxbow Farm; and Flexe, whose support and labor ensured that all members of our community had access to food security in 2020.  

Successes 

Deep gratitude for our small but steady volunteer team in 2020 (that has since tripled in 2021!). The GPS Garden produced over 2,000 lbs. of produce, and this combined with donations from partners meant that 1343 customized food bags were assembled by staff and volunteers and distributed via partner organizations in almost every neighborhood in Seattle and surrounding areas.

Other highlights

  • In the fall, Wednesday youth volunteers harvested produce for community grocery bags. Tuesday and Saturday volunteer work parties continued in September, October, November, and December.  
  • Volunteers planted, harvested, and built beds for a new community harvest program.  
  • Four AmeriCorps volunteers terraced the chicken yard and created new site signage.  

Thank you SO MUCH to all of these fabulous volunteers!  

GPS continues to build community in 2021. Here are some teasers… 

  • Camps returned! We served over 100 youth in July and August! 
  • Youth and adult volunteers join us weekly to sustain our urban farm! 
  • We’re looking forward to the fall education programming in partnership with area schools! 

2020 board members

Gloria Fortune. Craig Pacheco. Grant Nguyen. AJ Aquino. Timothy Jolliff. Corrina Moseley. Sarah Dickerman. Shelly McIntyre. Tiffany Clark 

Thank you to all the members of our community who believed in us and continue to support our seed-to-table youth, pay-what-you-can youth programming.

Scroll down to read the numbers that reflect the turnaround that GPS made to share our garden’s incredible bounty.

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