On Thursday, April 16, around 35 people gathered on a bright sunny day in Hing Hay Park in Chinatown-ID to help unload a truck full of fresh produce and put together 900 grocery bags containing fruit and vegetables to distribute to residents in the neighborhood. Volunteers came from the CID community and surrounding neighborhoods, the Seattle Police Department and community based organizations.

The effort was organized by Henry Liu, community organizer for InterIm Community Development Association. He said altogether, the 900 or so bags went out to residents of 11 buildings total, to residents of all ages from children to seniors. Among the 11 workforce and affordable housing buildings, annual incomes range from $9,000 – $50,000 a year. Hear more about his efforts in organizing this event in a video by the Seattle Times.

All photos in this photo essay are by Auriza Ugalino.

Event organizer Henry Liu addresses the crowd as they gather around in Hing Hay Park. State Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, a third-time volunteer in these efforts all organized by Liu, stands in the background.
Liu begins unpacking boxes and boxes of fresh produce including sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, bok choy and fruit.

Volunteers formed an assembly line to help get the boxes from the truck on 6th Ave. S. to the middle of Hing Hay Park.

Once it was all unloaded, volunteers took up stations to divide the groceries into close to 900 bags.

Volunteers then loaded up cars and made the rounds to 11 buildings in the CID, dropping the bags off for residents.

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