Recently, several Vertically Integrated Partnership (VIP) partners, including University of Washington Housing & Food Services, Hirai Farms, Food Services of America, Annie's Fun and Sodexo, served approximately 100 residents of the Nickelsville Tent City (http://www.nickelsvilleseattle.org/) in Seattle a hot Thanksgiving-style meal.
The meal included smoked turkey with mushroom gravy, stuffing, mint cranberry sauce, mashed Yukon Gold potatoes with roasted garlic, sauteed fresh green beans with onion pearls, mixed green salad, fresh rolls and whipped butter, pumpkin pie, cheesecake, apple cider, milk, coffee, and hot chocolate. The VIP is a coalition of farmers, food processors, food distributors, food service companies and other companies that are working together to help stop hunger in the Pacific Northwest. Since 2008, the Vertically Integrated Partnership (i.e., Sodexo, Annie's Fun, UW HFS, Hirai Farms, Food Services of America, McCain Foods, National Frozen Foods, Larson Allen, etc.) has donated over 3 million pounds of food (i.e., potatoes, sweet corn, onions, beans, canned foods, hot meals, etc.) to many food banks in the Pacific Northwest, including Food Lifeline, Northwest Harvest, Second Harvest, White Center Food Bank, Bellingham Food Bank, Quincy Community Food Bank, Wenatchee Food Bank, etc. The Vertically Integrated Partnership (VIP) has a goal of donating another 2 million pounds of food in the next 12 to 16 months.
To see video or photos from the recent VIP meal at the Nickelsville Tent City in Seattle, click on the following links: