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Cultural Food Justice – Thanksgiving

Multnomah County has listened to the needs of our Pacific Islander communities and has given Living Islands a Cultural Food Justice grant. We will use this grant to supply elders, handicapped, and people with significant risks for Covid-19 with cultural-specific foods during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Today we had the first of two Cultural Food Justice events and handed out Pig, Chicken, Parrot Fish, Taro Root and Leaves, Ginger, Star Fruit, et. al.

In all, we supplied more than 70+ food boxes, with more than 1000 Lb of Pig, 200 Chickens, and more than 100 Fish to five different Pacific Islander communities.

The next event will be on December 23rd. Be sure to sign up for our mail list to be notified when we have more information.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who helped, Multnomah County of course, as well as Oregon Valley Farm, Uwajimaya, Cash & Carry smart food services, CareOregon, Lake Oswego Blueprint, and Lake Oswego Starbucks.

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Women’s Health and Mutual Support

Today we met with the Marshallese Women’s organization, Ippen Dron Club, to discuss how to support them in these uncertain and stressful times.

With the kind support of Oregon Community Foundation, Living Island and Ippen Dron Club will be able to put on a number of virtual Covid-19 story-telling circles.

For more information about the Ippen Dron Club in Salem, OR, please contact Cecilia Labi.

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Covid-19 testing for Pacific Islander communities

As part Covid-19 response, we have partnered with Washington County and Intel POI to provide language assistance at Pacific Islander community test sites.

The first test site was at Aloha High School, Saturday, June 27th.

We had the help of Virginia Garcia Medical Group for the medical testing, and supplied community members with a resource box full of food, provided by Village Church, Sonrise Church, and Oregon Food Bank.

The event went fantastic with almost 200 community members being tested!

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