2019 Food and Nutrition RFP

The Youth and Family Empowerment Division (YFE) of the City of Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) is seeking applications from agencies to provide food and support the system of food delivery to low-income individuals and families in Seattle who are experiencing, or are at risk of experiencing, hunger.  The City of Seattle Human Services Department seeks to contract with a diverse group of providers to help ensure the result of HSD's Food and Nutrition investment is that all people living in Seattle can meet their basic needs.  

This Food and Nutrition RFP is focused on investing in Seattle's Emergency Food System through two strategies.  Organizations may apply for one or both strategy(ies).All funded organizations, in both strategies, will participate in a data and evaluation cohort that will meet regularly in 2020. This cohort will develop data metrics and measuring tools that will be used in the 2021 contracts.   

  • Food Security and Access Strategy - including, but not limited to: food banks, home delivery of food, meal programs, weekend hunger or backpack programs, nutrition education, and social service navigation assistance at food programs (e.g. Community Connectors or similar that assist individuals and families attain self-sufficiency).  
  • Food System Support Strategy -  to strengthen the Seattle Emergency Food System as a whole including, but not limited to: transportation of food to food banks and meal programs, food recovery, and staff support for the Seattle Food Committee and Meals Partnership Coalition.  

Approximately $4,198,464 is available through this RFP.  HSD intends to fund between 30 to 50 proposals. Initial awards will be made for the period of January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. While it is the City's intention to renew agreements resulting from this funding opportunity on an annual basis through the 2023 program year, future funding will be contingent upon performance and funding availability. 

Food and Nutrition RFP timeline

If you have questions about the 2019 Food and Nutrition RFP, please contact:Natalie Thomson at natalie.thomson@seattle.gov or (206) 684-0840.