2019 Food Access Opportunity Fund

The Youth and Family Empowerment (YFE) Division of the City of Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) is pleased to announce the Food Access Opportunity Fund Request for Proposal (RFP). Funding for the Food Access Opportunity Fund is provided by the City of Seattle's Sweetened Beverage Tax (SBT) and aligns with the recommendations from the SBT Community Advisory Board (CAB). The purpose of the Food Access Opportunity Fund is to improve healthy food access by investing in community-based projects designed and led by the people most impacted by race, social, health, and environmental injustices.

<p">HSD is seeking applications from organizations and community groups that can reach the following priority populations: communities of color, immigrants, refugees, people with low income, youth and young adults, and English language learners. In addition, organizations and community groups that serve American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and Black/African American communities are strongly encouraged to apply, as these populations are experiencing the highest rates of food-related disparities. This investment will support activities that address food justice, health equity, prevention of sugary drink consumption, and increase access to healthy food. Approximately $800,000.00 in funding is available through this Request for Proposal.

RFP timeline

Due to the impending weather forecast for the region, the Information Session originally scheduled for Monday, February 11, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Rainier Beach Library has been cancelled. 


Please mark your calendars for the rescheduled Information Session on:

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

1:00-3:00 p.m.

2100 Building - Community Room A

2100 24th Avenue S.

Seattle, WA 98144

Click here to RSVP by Monday, February 15th.


If you have questions, please contact Planning Manager Jeron Gates at (206) 684-0348 Desk or (206) 473-1727 Cell.

The online information session will still take place on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


If you have any questions about the Food Access Opportunity Fund RFP, please contact the RFP Coordinator, Pamela Calderon, via email at pamela.calderon@seattle.gov .  


Human Services

Tanya Kim, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 5800, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34215, Seattle, WA, 98124-4215
Phone: (206) 386-1001

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