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October 24, 1:59 PM click here to comment > 0

Celebrating Food Day

October 24th is Food Day, a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Last year we celebrated Food Day by releasing Seattle’s Food Action Plan, a roadmap that lays out steps for our City to get more healthy food to more Seattle residents, expand opportunities to grow food in the City, and strengthen our local food economy. A year later we’re sharing some of the progress we’ve made in implementing the Food Action Plan.

We added 20 new P-Patch community gardens and celebrated the 40th anniversary of the P-Patch Community Gardening program, a model municipal community gardening program that provides residents with a place to grow their own vegetables and build community with their neighbors.

We’ve expanded the Farm to Table program, a program that brings farm-fresh food from our local farmers to low-income seniors and kids to 13 additional child care and senior meal sites.

We’ve expanded the Fresh Bucks program to all Seattle farmers markets to enable more low- income people to access local healthy food. To date, over 2500 shoppers have participated in this program and I’m pleased to announce that we will be extending the program through December at four year-round farmers markets.

Through our Parks and Recreation Good Food Program, we’re supporting food education at our Community Centers, with eight learning gardens that provide hands-on education to kids, adults, teens, and seniors.  We’re increasing composting at Parks and Community Centers, and we work closely with volunteer orchard stewards to restore and maintain historic orchards on Seattle Parks property.

Through our Trees for Neighborhoods program, we gave away 75 fruit trees to Seattle residents to plant in their yards – helping to meet our urban forestry goals of increasing Seattle’s tree canopy while providing fresh produce to families and providing them opportunities to engage with where their food is grown.

And of course, we can’t have local food without local farms.  That’s why we developed the Landscape Conservation and Local Infrastructure Program (LCLIP) for South Lake Union and Downtown which is expected to result in the conservation of approximately 25,000 acres of regional farms and forests through purchase of development rights by developers.

I am committed to continuing to advance Seattle’s goal of getting healthy, affordable, and sustainable food to everyone. Thank you to all our community partners for their hard work to help us move forward.

Posted by: Mayor Mike McGinn