Seal Hi-Rise Winter Community Meal
It started with lunch in 2015. Lydia Place and the St. Anthony Park Community Council (SAPCC) held a holiday party at Seal Hi-Rise.
Seal is the 14-story tower owned by the St. Paul Public Housing Agency. Located approximately three blocks from the co-op at the corner of Raymond & Territorial, the 1970s building is the tallest in the St. Anthony Park district. It provides 144 affordable apartments to low-income residents especially seniors, people with disabilities, and immigrants – all adding a diversity that we welcome in our neighborhood.
Back in 2015 over a shared meal, 50+ residents spoke about their specific challenges accessing safe, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food. These conversations exposed the food insecurity issues faced by Seal residents.
Fast track to 2018: Now an annual event, SAPCC, Lydia Place, and HPC pool our resources to host a communal meal for Seal Hi-Rise in December. There was an extra effort this year to reach out to Somali tenants by translating the signs into Somali, and purchasing foods from Afro Deli & Grill.
As HPC continues to partner with other community organizations, we are all navigating through these food-access challenges with a goal of introducing neighbors to healthy, fresh, even sustainable foods that they can afford.
For December the monies collected will be shared among the sponsors to offset the costs of the event, and for future efforts at Seal Hi-Rise to give our neighbors a helping hand when it comes to better food choices. Thank you! Mahadsanid!
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More about SAPCC's food-initiative research and work in this website pdf "Shelf Help: Linking Food and Community in St. Anthony Park."
Learn about the good works of the Lydia Place Collaborative Communities at their website.
Plus read an interesting article published by the Park Bugle in 2016 about the 40 year anniversary of Seal Hi-Rise here.
Posted by Christine DeMars • December 2018