Goals: Fourth largest school district in WA State. Increase direct purchasing of WA grown product in a suburban school district to create a local model of how to link farmers with school meal programs. Over two years, we aim to set up the systems that will be needed for the district to sustain these efforts after the grant such as: linking seasonality with menu planning, identifying and establishing contractual relationships with farmers, identifying and ideally purchasing needed equipment for scratch cooking, assessing food consumption and marketing/education with students on program changes. As an example of an early win, two weeks ago, 1200 pounds of frozen blueberries were used to make blueberry crisp for dessert for all students in the district; the farmer made a visit to an elementary school cafeteria to directly promote this effort to students. Partnering to develop a toolkit that will help all school districts in King County (19) to purchase locally grown food. One User friendly toolkit that facilitates step by step how a food service manager goes about doing the bidding, understanding the legal requirements around geographic preferencing, and effectively partnering with farmers to meet their demands for food purchases. The website will have the toolkit on it in November.
14 farmers from linguistically and economically isolated communities – all low income and most refugees are operating 5 small farm businesses on the Farm Incubator land. They are receiving extensive mentoring and technical support and through community partnerships – many with other CPPW funded projects, they also have access to case management, English Language Learning opportunities, marketing support, transportation, business technical support, and the help of dozens of enthusiastic community volunteers. (drastically reducing their isolation and increasing their integration in the community) They are contributing to increasing access to healthy foods in their community – their produce will be made available in participating Healthy Foods Here corner stores, as well as in local Community Kitchens, and in important institutions like daycares and community centers.
1.2 million program to provide technical assistance, training, and capital to stores Working across 8 cities – Seattle and South King County Working primarily with corner stores Learning that business support is key to implement this program To learn more, attend a session with more detail on our program tomorrow from 8:45-10am.
Working with farmers at 11 markets, primarily in South King County to place EBT readers and develop a system for accepting regular monthly WIC checks for fruits and vegetables in each market. This expands the summer Farmers Market Nutrition Program to allow for increased use of nutrition assistance benefits – which supports both farmers and low income families. Staff to provide cross site coordination, trainings for market staff, volunteers, and their vendors to use the technology, development of marketing/promotion materials, and evaluation of program impact. Trainings are going very well and they are being done in diff. languages. The state is planning to use this model to expand across the state. (KC market work starts in June) ALSO, re the EBT machines for the DNRP- Farmers Market Project there are two systems - one where the vendor has their own EBT wireless machine and the other with the machines at the info desk: 18 farmers representing 12 farms. Each vendor will have a machine. 6 markets will have machines at the info booth too. Federal Way (new), Columbia City, Madrona and Georgetown will have EBT only capability at the info booth. Burien and Des Moines will have credit/debit/EBT at the info booth.
Food Policy as Prevention: Public Health’s Emerging Role for Healthier Communities Sara Padilla , Community Food Security Coalition Alisa Haushalter , Nashville Erin MacDougall , Seattle & King County Rachael Banks , Portland & Multnomah County
Nashville In Search of the Emerald City: A journey on the yellow brick road
Multnomah County Health Department (MCHD) Food Policy Efforts
Supporting local food business
Promoting local and healthy food products
Creating more opportunities for urban food agriculture
Facilitating equitable community participation in decision-making
Public Health’s Emerging Role for Healthier Communities “ It is unreasonable to expect people to change their behavior easily when so many forces in the social, cultural, and physical environment conspire against such change.” - Institute of Medicine
Current Initiatives Community Settings : -Schools -Senior centers -Worksites -Parks & recreation facilities -Faith-based settings -Health care systems -Retail environments Strategies: -Farm to institution partnerships -Facility improvements -Nutrition standards -Product placement & marketing -EBT/WIC access