Food Policies & Programs

The City of Seattle cares about our local food system for many reasons. Rising obesity and diet-related diseases increase health care costs and decrease life expectancy. One in five children in King County does not always have enough to eat, and growing economic inequality makes healthy food even harder for many to afford.

Chemically intensive agriculture degrades the quality of our land, our air, and our water. Food sales, restaurants, food products and food service are a growing sector of the local economy. Food inequities disproportionately aff ect low-income residents, children, seniors, and communities of color. Growing, eating, and sharing food brings local communities together.

Food Action Plan

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

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Fresh Bucks is a healthy food program helping Seattle residents on a tight budget afford fruits and vegetables.

Healthy Food in Schools

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OSE is working to support healthy food in schools in partnership with the SPS Culinary Services Program, including a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program that provides all children in participating schools with a variety of free fresh produce during the school day.

Sweetened Beverage Tax Advisory Board

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The Sweetened Beverage Tax Community Advisory Board was established to advise and make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on programs and activities supported by the tax revenue.


Sustainability and Environment

Jessyn Farrell, Director
Address: 700 5th Avenue, #1868, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94729, Seattle, WA, 98124-4729
Phone: (206) 256-5158
OSE@seattle.gov

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