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For 40 years, the Pike Market Senior Center (PMSC) has served low-income and homeless seniors in the immediate downtown Seattle area. PMSC provides a safe place for seniors (55 years and older) to participate in activities such as yoga, dancing, acupuncture, receive assistance with housing and social security, and perhaps the most important thing of all - a place to eat two meals a day. Behind the scenes planning activities, scheduling wellness services and cooking meals is a dedicated team of staff and volunteers.

Feeding approximately 200 seniors daily is no easy feat, especially when 90% of food needs are reliant on donations! Brenda Neuweiler, senior nutrition program manager and chef, plans and cooks meals based on weekly donations that not only taste good but meet the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). The Senior Center serves breakfast and lunch daily, which means that if a senior eats both meals at the center they will have received ⅔ of RDA for the day. Neuweiler has only been at the center for 2 years, but says, “I realized the needs within this demographic and immediately knew that through my cooking I could bring positive change and was confident that I could elevate the food being served. I couldn’t be more pleased with the staff and how we’re able to make such a positive impact on people’s lives.”

Running and operating a senior center takes money, and while about 75% of the funding comes from Pike Place Market Foundation grants and city contracts, there’s still a 25% funding gap that needs to be filled. That's where Mason Lowe comes in. Lowe is PMSC's grant writer and bookkeeper, and has been with the organization for the past 8 years. “I love it," said Lowe about working with seniors. "Everyone here has had a really interesting life. Anytime I’ve been able to sit down and have a one-on-one, I leave blown away.”

(Brenda Neuweiler and Mason Lowe, PMSC staff)

Located under the famous Public Market Center sign and clock and down the hallway from the infamous Gum Wall is a place where passion and commitment ensures the wellbeing of some of the most important and vulnerable people in our community. To learn more about PMSC and how you can volunteer and donate, visit pikemarketseniorcenter.org.
 

Neighborcare Health hosts an event benefiting the Pike Market Medical Clinic

Join us on Tuesday, October 3 for a unique opportunity to try some of Pike Place Market's best restaurants and support Neighborcare Health at Pike Market Clinic. The Clinic at Pike Place Market has long been the leading provider of comprehensive primary health care to low-income and uninsured people in downtown Seattle, providing more than 28,000 medical and mental health care visits annually to over 5,000 patients—45% of whom are uninsured and 40% of whom are or were recently homeless.

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Last week, the Market celebrated 110 years as Seattle’s farmers market. What makes Pike Place Market such a special place? We believe it’s the people.

As part of our anniversary celebration, we highlighted various Market characters, each who have their own stories about what Pike Place Market means to them. Follow along as we continue to introduce you to these #PikePlacePeople throughout the year!

 

Anne Smith of Sunny Honey Company talks about the best day of her life:

 

Why does Mercedes of Ghost Alley Espresso call herself a “Rat of the Market”? Watch to find out:

 

Art Stone of Honest Biscuits shares his journey from selling at farmers markets to opening his new shop in the MarketFront:

 

How did Don Kuzaro of Don and Joe’s Meats meet his wife?

 

Find out how Jaison Scott of Pike Place Fish Market got the nickname “Banana Box Kid”: 

Seattle’s Pike Place Market is a hot destination for tourists and Washingtonians, but for some locals, the public market offers more than just a fun place to spend the day. Tucked away under the famous Public Market Center clock and sign, the Pike Market Senior Center (PMSC) offers services for seniors who need a meal, or a helping hand. For 38 years, the center has served low-income or homeless seniors in the Pike St. neighborhood. PMSC serves more than 1,400 seniors every year who participate in the meal program, learn about nutrition, enjoy cooking/dance classes or go on day trips.

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