BLACK STAR FOOD COLLECTIVE (UJAMAA FOOD CIRCLE)
Ujamaa Food Circle utilizes the collective economic principle, ujamaa, to help BIPOC families achieve food sovereignty. Black Star Farmers with the help of Seattle BIPOC Organic will be purchasing dry goods, organic produce, and household supplies in bulk and redistributing to families in Seattle.
The mission of Ujamaa Food Circle is to provide Black and Indigenous families monthly healthy organic food boxes that nourish and educate, while honoring the foods of our ancestors. We envision this circle seeding itself throughout our communities as BIPOC families realize the power of collective economics to save money and access healthy, organic, and culturally appropriate foods for their families.
Our boxes are more than your typical food box. We seek to imbue our boxes with education, art, and culture and see these boxes as the stepping stones to sustainability. Each box will contain information on creating food buying clubs; spotlight local BIPOC farmers in the community; and provide recipes created by local BIPOC chefs. We also support BIPOC businesses. Families can expect to find products from businesses such as Cafe Avole, Herban Farm NW, and Badder Body.
We deliver boxes once a month to families in Seattle. Our first boxes of the Ujamaa Food Circle were delivered on the day of Ujamaa in the annual African American celebration Kwanzaa, December 29, 2020. Our boxes contain enough food for approximately 1 month. And all food is stored in reusable or recyclable packaging that can be refilled by UFC the next month. We are serving families in the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle as we build community around Seattle BIPOC Organic’s efforts to grow Afro-Indigineous food in Greenhouse #5 at the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and open up a Afro-Indigeneous led Food Coop.