Programs & Policies

The City seeks out opportunities to incorporate food systems planning into our guiding policies. From changing land use codes to updating our Comprehensive Plan, there are many ways to positively enhance the food system.

Programs & Policies

The Parks & Recreation programs offer access to healthy food, engagement with equitable and sustainable environmental practices, opportunities for active recreation and cultural place-making.
The City of Seattle funds or administers meal programs that benefit children, homeless youth and adults, and low-income individuals and families.
All food service businesses are required to provide alternatives to throw-away food service containers, cups and other products in all food service businesses
The P-Patch Community Gardening program stewards 34 acres of green space around Seattle, including food production and community space. In addition to growing food for over 6,800 P-Patch gardeners, many P-Patch community gardens include public orchards, gathering areas, or places for kids to play. In addition to feeding their families from their harvests, P-Patch gardeners donated over 39,000 pounds of produce to local food banks and hosted 29 school and youth garden plots.
Information for residents who want to grow food in their planting strip.
The Farms and Food Roundtable, jointly convened by the City of Seattle, King County, and Pike Place Market, identified key recommendations to preserve farmland and increase market and distribution opportunities for local small and mid-sized farmers in King County.
Fresh Bucks makes healthy fruits and vegetables easier to afford by matching SNAP/EBT (food stamps) benefits dollar-for-dollar up to $10 at all participating farmers market locations in Seattle and King County.

Codes & Regulations

Establishing goals, creating a policy framework, and identifying planning, analysis and actions for the purpose of strengthening Seattle's food system sustainability and security.
A suite of strategies designed to meet the goal of recycling 60 percent of waste produced in City by 2012 and 70 percent by 2025.
All food service businesses are required to provide alternatives to throw-away food service containers, cups and other products in all food service businesses
Information for residents who want to grow food in their planting strip.

Strategic Plans

Seattle’s Food Action Plan lays out strategies to get more healthy food to more Seattle residents, expand opportunities to grow food in the City, strengthen our regional food economy, and reduce food-related waste.
Guiding growth with a goal of fostering a healthy, vibrant and sustainable city for years to come.
Charting a path to Carbon Neutral by 2050.