“What I liked about it is I get food every Thursday, and there’s yummy food and there’s bars and nice food and I like that there’s soup. Thank u for the food”  – A student from Briarcrest elementary school who received our Healthy HIP Packs It is back to school […]

Hungry kids can’t learn in school

School is back in session but, if you can, try to reflect back all the way to the beginning of the summer. In early June we start to fill up our fridges, freezers, and pantries in preparation for summer meals. We expand from one weekly prep shift to four weekly […]

Blueberries, kickball, and bubbles: Summer Meals in review

You learn a lot as an AmeriCorps member at HIP, especially if it’s your first year out of college and first year-long job. I’ve always been told that the best way to learn anything is to just jump in and not be afraid to make mistakes, and at HIP I was […]

The top 17 things I learned as a HIP AmeriCorps

Danielle, one of the HIP Summer Meals AmeriCorps interns, wrote this blog post explaining how the Summer Meals Program work and her experience in working at HIP this summer. I always looked forward to family meals as a child. I am the youngest in a family of six children, and […]

HIP and the Summer Meals Program

This story is based on my conversation with one of our guests at our Senior Lunch Program. James is not his real name which I changed for anonymity. – Srijan “I lost everything” – James almost choked up as he uttered those words. I was sitting across him at the […]

A day that turned James’ life upside down

Hi! I’m Kiyomi, one of the interns with HIP and United Way. I’m the site supervisor for Nathan Hale High School. Our site consists of many teens from the high school and lots of kids from around the neighborhood. My site started from an average of 8 kids, to an […]

Photo Journal: My Summer Meals Experience at HIP

Working with United Way and Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) as an AmeriCorps VISTA intern this summer has been both challenging and rewarding. An average day for me and my fellow interns consists of a combination of outreach, meal prep, handing out lunch and snack at meal sites, planning activities for kids and teens, and cleaning up […]

Day in the life of an AmeriCorps Summer Meals Intern

Lake City Court is an 86-unit, affordable apartment building in our community and is one of Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) Summer Meals sites. Jimmy is the AmeriCorps VISTA member from United Way of King County who is the site supervisor there and coordinates meals and activities at that site for us. […]

My Summer Meals Site: Lake City Court

After some experimenting in the HIP kitchen, we came up with this simple yet delicious recipe for bean dip. We serve this dip at summer meal sites for kids and teens, so left the spices on the mild side, but you can always add more chili or cayenne for extra kick! […]

Homemade Bean Dip