Food Action Plan

In 2008, the Seattle City Council passed the Local Food Action Initiative, which aims to improve the local and regional food system. Since then, the City has advanced this goal in a number of ways, including convening the Food Interdepartmental Team (IDT) to coordinate food system work across departments, updating the land-use code to support urban agriculture, making more City-owned land available for food production, and hiring a food policy advisor.

The Food Action Plan is the next step in this work. 

The City has outlined four goals for achieving a healthy food system in Seattle: 

All Seattle residents should have enough to eat and access to affordable, local, healthy, sustainable, culturally appropriate food.

 Healthy Food for All
  1. Promote the location of healthy food access points that can be reached by walking, biking, or transit by all residents.
  2. Use the City's purchasing and contracting power to support healthy, local, sustainably produced food.
  3. Support programs, policies, and projects that help get more healthy food to children and youth
  4. Increase affordability of healthy, local food for low-income Seattle residents.
  5. Promote healthy food, especially in low-income communities and with youth, through education and collaborative efforts.

It should be easy to grow food in Seattle and in our region, for personal use or for business purposes.

 Grow Local
  1.  Prioritize food production as a use of land. 
  2. Develop and support programs to produce food on City-owned land.
  3. Support efforts to expand urban food production and privately owned land, including residential, commercial and institutional properties. 
  4. Explore opportunities to expand rooftop and building-supported agriculture.
  5. Work jointly with other jurisdictions to conserve agricultural land

Businesses that produce, process, distribute, and sell local and healthy food should grow and thrive in Seattle.

 Strengthen the Economy
  1. Support businesses that grow, distribue, process and sell local and healthy food.
  2. Celebrate and enhance local food as an element of Seattle's economy and identity.
  3. Support farmers markets and small retailers that sell healthy and locally produced food.

Food-related waste should be prevented, resused, or recycled.

 Prevent Food Waste
  1. Prevent edible food from entering the waste system.
  2. Increase composting of non-edible food.