Growing up, Roxana Pardo Garcia remembers feeling shame whenever her mother sent her to the food bank when times were difficult. Today, as an adult, Garcia organizes a food pantry serving King County’s Latinx community, one that offers a more positive experience during these hard times.
“People deserve to have the food that they eat. Ways to prepare food is passed on through generations. Cooking is ceremony. Smell and taste give us happy memories in the midst of so much trauma and pain.” Roxana Pardo Garcia, organizer of the Feeding el Pueblo food bank
“People are thankful to have access to food banks, but there’s something special about seeing food you’re familiar with.” This is how Roxana Pardo Garcia of La Roxay Productions describes the work of Alimentando El Pueblo, or Feeding El Pueblo, a campaign to distribute culturally relevant food items to the Highline area of King County in partnership with Lake Burien Presbyterian Church, Southwest Youth & Family Services, Para Los Ninos, and Colectiva Legal Del Pueblo.