A Very Special Kind of Food Box

The Lempert Report
August 19, 2020

Over the past few years we have seen a surge in food boxes – a curated assortment that you can order online and have delivered right to your door.

There are coffee boxes, produce boxes, seafood boxes, meat boxes, boxes of ethnic foods and even pickle boxes!

Now comes a politically oriented box from Savor Seattle, who is now offering a box containing pantry and fresh food items made exclusively by black-owned vendors. Angela Shen, the owner of Savor Seattle told KING-TV, that she was inspired to help the Black Lives Matter movement.

Shen wanted to support other small businesses and reached out to her network of foodie friends to find vendors for what she calls the “Seattle Solidarity Box.”

Each box contains 11 different items, and 5% of every sale supports the Black Lives Matter movement.

Items include Steel Drum Plantains from Marjorie on Capitol Hill, Southern-style granola and marmalade from award-winning Seattle chef Eduardo Jordan, and coffee beans sourced from Africa and roasted at Boon Boona in Renton.

Boon Boona owner Efrem Fasaha had to close the in-person side of his business in March, including weekly East African coffee ceremonies designed to inspire conversation."It's all about community and really providing a space for that and we miss it dearly," he said. "We had to put a lot of our team on standby, which was really one of the toughest things to do."  

The inclusion in the Solidarity Box proved to be a good boost. After just one week, 900 boxes were sold – contributing more than $65,000 for the partnering small businesses.

The boxes also raised nearly $9,000 dollars in donations for BLM.

The Seattle Solidarity Box costs $150 and can be ordered online.