BY PATRICIA DUFF
Nov. 24, 2013
When I received this email update from Mary Fisher, president and founder of Whidbey Island Nourishes (WIN), I felt compelled to share it with readers. It’s an encouraging look at what some well-organized and sensible efforts by a community can do to turn the tide of malnourishment in our communities.
Six years ago, Fisher was shocked to learn that 60 children were living in the woods on South Whidbey. Fisher asked friends, “We have to make sure they have enough food! Will you help me cook?” The answer was a resounding, “Yes. Of course.”
Today WIN has more than 100 volunteers and is making more than 1,500 meals a month, working with schools and other community organizations to make sure South Whidbey’s kids are getting enough nutrition.
Fisher wrote about a Nov. 14 event called “Taste of Whidbey” at Langley Middle School at which 7th graders dished up potatoes they grew themselves, and some other locally grown fare, to their fellow students. Fisher adds photos to help tell this hopeful story of a community coming together to make sure everybody gets the nourishment (and education about nourishment) they need. (Fisher’s commentary is italicized.)
Founder and president of Whidbey Island Nourishes