Thirty years ago, Herb and Bertha Lung Tsuchiya and Sam Mitsui started the Walk for Rice tradition with a bold mission of raising awareness of hunger in Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. What began as a small group of 45 community members has grown into an annual tradition that brings together over 1,000 people, inspires generations of giving, and brings food to thousands in need across our region.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Walk for Rice. In the same spirit of our founders to help those facing hunger, ACRS is launching Walk for Rice online this year instead of hosting the event at Seward Park, to ensure everyone’s safety during the global pandemic health crisis. While the event location has changed, our commitment to this growing need is stronger than ever.
During this time when communities face unprecedented challenges, the need to access healthy food is even greater, especially among low-income immigrants, refugees and communities of color. Your continued support helps bring healthy, culturally familiar foods like rice to the most vulnerable. ACRS and community partners make it possible for many seniors to stay home by providing weekly deliveries of over 1,200 bags of groceries and 1,300 culturally familiar meals to those in need.
As in the past, C.A.C.A. Seattle has created a team. Please join our virtual team and donate what you can to support those in need. I look forward to walking (virtually) with you!
Stay safe and healthy!