Local Yokels, a grocery delivery company serving all of Seattle, has become the newest Fresh Bucks retail partner. As the first Fresh Bucks retail partner to offer grocery delivery, this partnership helps reduce barriers to healthy, fresh food in neighborhoods with limited food access and for vulnerable communities such as homebound seniors and people with limited mobility.
Local Yokels is a women- and minority-owned business that aims to build a sustainable food economy of small, local, women-, minority-, LGBTQ+, and immigrant-owned food retailers and farmers. They are working toward zero waste operations, using composable and reusable packaging, and have a carbon footprint that is 95% lower than traditional grocery stores.
Fresh Bucks Senior Planning & Development Specialist, Tiffany Anderson, led the effort to onboard this new retail partner to offer Fresh Bucks, highlighting the strong alignment with City of Seattle values around increasing access to healthy foods, supporting BIPOC- and women-owned business and strengthening the local food system by sourcing from local, sustainable farms. Enrolled Fresh Bucks customers can order weekly produce subscriptions or individual produce items directly from the Local Yokels website.
The Fresh Bucks team has heard from its customers, who are thrilled to learn of this new shopping option; including a customer who couldn’t leave the house due to illness, another who is dependent on senior residence transportation and several customers who don’t live nearby a brick-and-mortar Fresh Bucks retailer.
And there is more good news around the corner! In the next few months, Local Yokels is planning to open a storefront in the Maple Leaf neighborhood, which will add an additional Fresh Bucks retail option in North Seattle. We’ll share more information about this soon. In the meantime, you can Sign up to get program updates and other Fresh Bucks news!
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