Food Action Plan

What is the Food Action Plan?

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.

The Plan outlines actions the City can take to improve our local food system while advancing interrelated goals of racial and social justice, food security, food sovereignty, health, environmental sustainability, economic development, fair labor, and more. The Plan is also a framework to coordinate and align many City departments that manage food programs and policies.

Food Action Plan Update

Last updated: June 9, 2023

An effort is underway to update the Food Action Plan for the first time since 2012. The Food Action Plan Interdepartmental Team (IDT) is using collaborative processes including Racial Equity Toolkits and community engagement.

The updated Plan will continue the City's focus on increasing food security, supporting local food and the economy, and preventing food waste. New content, priorities, and approaches in the updated Plan will include: 

  • A focus on addressing economic, racial, and environmental injustices in the food system.
  • Actions that respond to a variety of interrelated food system challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.
  • Guiding Food Justice Values developed by Seattle's Environmental Justice Committee.

A final draft of the updated Plan is now being reviewed by government officials. A public release date is still being determined and is expected later this year.

Community Engagement

Thank you to the more than 250 community leaders and representatives from community-based organizations, coalitions, businesses, and institutions who provided expertise and input to help develop the forthcoming Food Action Plan Update.

Key themes from the 2021-2022 community engagements are summarized in the select reports and presentations listed below:

In July and August 2022, key themes from community engagement were used to develop an early draft Strategic Priorities and Actions document, which was made available for public comment. The public comments can be viewed here: seattlefoodactionplan.consider.it. 

Racial Equity Toolkits

In 2021-2022, two Racial Equity Toolkits (RETs) were completed to analyze how the Food Action Plan could impact racial equity across the food system. The RETs focused on the community engagement process and the issue areas within the Plan itself:

2012 Food Action Plan

Seattle's 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 partners and other institutions. The plan aims to align with other City initiatives including the Comprehensive Plan, Duwamish Valley Program, Equity & Environment Initiative, Green New Deal, Race and Social Justice Initiative, and 2022 Solid Waste Plan Update.  

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

Food Security 

Urban Agriculture & Land Use 

Economic Development and Labor 

Food Waste Prevention, Rescue, and Composting

City grant programs focused on food

Other City grant programs that will consider proposals for food-related work 

Sustainability and Environment

Jessyn Farrell, Director
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OSE@seattle.gov

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