Food Action Plan

What is the Food Action Plan?

The Food Action Plan is the City of Seattle's roadmap for an equitable, sustainable, and resilient local food system that supports healthy, vibrant communities.

The Plan outlines strategies and actions the City can take to improve our local food system while advancing interrelated goals of race and social justice, food security, environmental sustainability, economic development, and emergency preparedness. The Plan is also a framework to coordinate and align the many City departments that develop and implement food programs and policies.

A multi-department effort is underway to update the Food Action Plan for the first time since 2012. 

What's Happening Now?

Updated September 7, 2022

Public comment on the draft Food Action Plan Update is now closed. Thank you for your input!

After months of development and community engagement (see details below), we hosted on online public review of the draft Strategic Priorities and Actions for the City's updated Food Action Plan. The online public comment forum was available July 19 - August 26. Thank you to the individuals, community groups, organizations, non-profits, and businesses who submitted comments. When the final plan is published, we will provide a summary of the comments, or you can view the original comments here:

Next Steps

The City's Food Action Plan interdepartmental team is currently preparing a final draft of the updated Food Action Plan. We anticipate releasing the final plan in January 2023.

Community Engagement

Since September 2021, we have been engaging with a wide range of food system stakeholders with diverse expertise and who represent frontline communities most impacted by racial inequities in our food system. Key themes from these community engagements are summarized in these select reports and presentations: 

These findings as well as information from an extensive review of other reports and data sources are the foundation for the future Food Action Plan. 

2012 Food Action Plan

The first Food Action Plan was developed in 2012 and intended to be a five-year roadmap to increase access to affordable, healthy, culturally appropriate food; expand opportunities to grow food in the City; strengthen our regional food economy; and reduce food-related waste. 

Food Policies and Programs

The Food Action Plan is implemented by multiple City departments working in collaboration with many community stakeholders and partners. The Plan aims to align with other City initiatives including the Equity & Environment Initiative, Race and Social Justice Initiative, and various Planning and Community Development initiatives.  

Click on the links below to visit the webpages of select food policies and programs across the City. 

In alphabetical order: