Welcome to Katie Oertli Mooney's Personal Page
The ACRS food bank provides culturally familiar foods to immigrants, refugees, elders and families throughout King County. Without culturally competent food delivery, AAPI community members face a disproportionate lack of access to food, emergency meals, and other basic needs.
As some of you may know, during a few points in my partner, John Mooney's childhood in South Seattle and Federal Way--he and his mother were food insecure at times. His mother immigrated from South Korea to the United States with the hopes and aspirations for a better life for she and her son. She was always hard working, taking on minimum wage hourly pay as a hotel housekeeper, which after years of work was extremely taxing on her body. I am pleased to say that she retired from Swedish Medical with her last role working in hospital facilities services and is living in South Seattle.
As a woman who speaks little English, she exudes reslience and strength. I am thankful that she and her son are a success story today, but also acknowledge that it is very difficult for others, especially when we are experiencing record unemployment paired with the fact that many of the front line essential workers of COVID-19 are more likely to represent women, people of color and immigrants. Please join me by providing your support (even a little or a latte will go a long way) by sponsoring me on this virtual walk for rice during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. With gratitude and love.
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