October 24th is Food Day, a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Last year the City of Seattle celebrated Food Day by releasing Seattle’s Food Action Plan, a roadmap that lays out steps for our city to get more healthy food to more Seattle residents, expand opportunities to grow food in the City, and strengthen our local food economy. A year later we’re sharing some of the progress we’ve made in implementing the Food Action Plan, including the expansion of the Farm to Table program (based in HSD). For more information, see this Web page.
The Farm to Table partnership has been nominated for an annual Sustainability Leadership Awards from Sustainable Seattle. The program is being recognized for efforts to raise the bar for sustainability, with a nomination in the Resource Impact category. Award winners will be announced on January 31, 2014 during a celebration at the Museum of History and Industry. Through the efforts of staff in HSD’s Aging & Disability Services (ADS) and Youth & Family Empowerment (YFE) divisions, the Farm to Table program connects senior meal sites and Seattle child care programs to local area farms with the goal of providing local, organic produce to some of Seattle’s most under-served communities, serving 1250 children and seniors at 50 different meal sites throughout the city. The program also provides training in seasonal menu planning, scratch cooking and nutrition education to staff at participating sites. Sustainable Seattle is a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainability in the Central Puget Sound, nationally, and internationally.
The City of Seattle’s Farm to Table Project will continue to link senior meal sites and child care programs to local area farms. The goal of these efforts is to get local, organic produce into some of Seattle’s most under-served communities. With continued funding from the City of Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) and community partnerships, the program, launched through a Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant, will be continued. For more information please contact Maria Langlais at email@example.com or Natalie Thomson at Natalie.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out this great video highlighting the Farm to Table work that the Seattle Human Services Department has been doing in partnership with Puget Sound Food Network. The video explains the “Good Food Bag” model, which builds on relationships developed between child care providers and local farmers through Farm to Table, allowing families to purchase affordable bags of local produce when they pick their kids up at their child care facility.