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King County Food & Fitness Initiative Compiled Visioning Work 2006-2008 Organized by Food & Fitness Domains


ƒ KCFFI is committed to seeking out and implementing the most innovative, creative ideas to expand what is possible and make our vision reality.
ƒ The Food & Fitness Initiative will incorporate and inspire people to have fun because we believe it’s a natural way to bring families and communities together through meals, recreation, celebrations,
music, art, and play. Fun is an essential path to health and well-being.
ƒ Social Justice: Everyone has the right to wellness, health, opportunities, power, and choices.
ƒ KCFFI is committed to structuring our work so that youth participate meaningfully & effectively. Creating opportunity for growth through shared learning and support. Generating interest and participation
by meeting young people where they are.
ƒ Community Driven: Create a transparent and meaningful decision making process, that directly involves our diverse community.
ƒ We are a diverse and inclusive collaborative that encourages and embraces all ideas, communities and people.
ƒ Local power, collective ownership / responsibility, indigenous leadership

Food Systems Domains

Vision / Goals Strategies Local Assets Barriers Regional Assets

PRODUCING (agriculture, harvest ƒ Use culinary arts folks to educate community to use • SSCC – open spaces for community use & • Increasing land prices • Urban agriculture organizations
from the wild) open spaces for food growth and “sustainable education • Urban sprawl • King County Farmland Preservation
urban farms” • Community gardens and P-patches • Development • 42,000 acres + farmland in King County
ƒ Shared open spaces ƒ Planting strips – use available areas o Longfellow • How to reach low-income residents • Pierce county also has farmland protection
ƒ Make farming viable and easier / ƒ Expensive to garden: starting seeds together to o High Point Market Garden/possible farm stand • Small farmer financial burden • Washington Farm Link
Farmers are able to make a decent make it more in Delridge • Demand for local produce? • Increased farmer apprenticeship program
living growing food ƒ Use school gardens o Reservoir lidding – P-patch/garden opportunity • 3% local grower increase is capacity* • WSDA
ƒ Harvest locally grown food ƒ Open spaces and local opportunities for groups of o P-Patch Cultivating Youth – Delridge • Lack of water/water rights • WSU programs
ƒ Policy and systems pieces to make people to work together in food production o White Center: 10 garden plots in WC Heights • Flooding issues • Season extension programs
farming viable and enjoyable ƒ Farmers’ markets and CSA’s in Delridge and WC Park
• New farmers
(healthy for people and environment • Increased consumer demand for locally produced
ƒ All suitable King County farmland is • Winter production is slow
• Is farming a viable occupation?
in production and growing • Danny Woo Garden in ID
affordable food for our communities. • Marra Farm in South Park
ƒ Food is fair and just from farm to • Rainier Valley Grower’s Cooperative
table • Seattle Tilth program
ƒ Strong communities connected over
• Available land
food and gardening
• Immigrant populations able to access gardens
ƒ Sustainable economic development
in all areas of food supply and • LFHK
production to create neighborhood • Croft Place in W Seattle
jobs to grow local jobs.

PROCESSING (transforming, • Local labeling • Lack of certified infrastructure, especially for • “Eat Local Now” – Sustainable Ballard program
packaging and labeling) • Mobile slaughter unit small/mid-sized producers for modeling
ƒ • Lack of processing facilities for meat, dairy, • Puget Sound Fresh
• Cost of facilities
• Lack of interest in cooperatives
• Food safety concerns

DISTRIBUTING (wholesaling, storage • Food Access • Lettuce Link – P-patch food donations • Lack of certified infrastructure, especially for • Food banks – 28 in Seattle, 35 in KC
and transportation) o Food to institution (school, hospital, work) • Gleaning of fruit tree in Delridge & White Center small/mid-sized producers • South King County Food Bank Coalition
policies • Food banks • Lack of processing facilities for meat, dairy, • WSU Farm-to-School program

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• Ppl have affordable and equitable o Changing food procurement process (i.e. • Meal programs produce • Local Farms, Healthy Kids bill proposed in state
access to healthy foods, no matter schools not required to go with the lowest bid, • Odessa Brown – possible Solid Ground partnership • Cost of facilities legislature
their color, language, shape, or size. but could have other criteria to apply such as for fruits & veg access • Lack of interest in cooperatives • Interest in schools to participate in healthy food
• Local grocery stores give residents X amount needs to be fresh) • Farm to school efforts • Food safety concerns activities
power (talk about what’s there/not) o Schools have some local choices but limited • West Seattle Farmer’s Market • Food Policy Council
• Farm to table representation funds. Increase funds or change district • Asian Council RS food bank in ID
• Farmers/Consumers relationship policies • WC food bank & community resource center
• Farm/city exchanges
• Strong connections between vital
and vibrant rural communities—
where food is grown—and
urban/suburban communities.

RETAILING (supermarkets, grocery • Work with local businesses to stock produce from • Past experience with WC farmers market • No retail/fresh produce in Delridge • KC healthy restaurant initiative
stores, farmers markets) community • Farm to consumer marketing • Locally grown, organic foods expensive • CSA shares increasing
• Innovative ways to provide access to local food (E.g: • Consumer Supported Agriculture (CSA) • West Seattle considered “saturated” for • Restaurants serving local foods
• Affordable and Equitable Access to the grocery store bus?) • Restaurants serving local food groceries, but is all concentrated north, not • Food buying clubs
healthy foods • Food buying clubs in focus areas • Farmers Markets
• Improving access to healthy foods as • Grocers selling local foods • Buyer education/lack of • Farm-to-table efforts
well as classes in nutrition and • Asian stores selling produce knowledge/awareness
providing foods which honor • Locally owned groceries interested in local foods • Economics of pricing
everyone’s cultural background and • Diverse food culture and food establishments • Distribution
wisdom. • Sustainability targeted to higher-end retailers
• Delridge – support for town center with grocery store
• EBT – lack of access to famers markets
• Transportation to stores
• Consumer confusion about labels

PREPARING (institutional food • Food education – how to prepare fresh and healthy • White Center food bank – has community garden & • Typically high prices of locally produced • WSU Food Sense CHANGE
service, emergency food programs) food, and the variety of prep available teaches residents how to prepare foods foods • Fare Start training
• Community education – churches, culturally • Interest in community kitchen • Need to form nutritional thinking for targeting
ƒ Create culture that makes time for specific • Donated building for community kitchen community health (focus on nutrients rather
healthy cooking and eating • Cooking classes at community colleges and PCC than whole foods, food systems, food &
ƒ Accessible resources/services market health)
around nutrition and healthy • Gospel Mission/Salvation Army provide meals • Time and knowledge issue for healthy food
cooking/eating • Rainier Valley kitchen – pay for food prep
• WC Heights Park plots – foodbank • “Grab and Go” culture and relationship to
food prep
• Lack of time
• Lack of a positive food culture

EATING (nutrition & consumption) • People get together to go to market • Community kitchens – Rainier & Garfield • School challenges for healthy foods • Rainier Valley and Garfield community kitchens
• Consider coops where ppl can buy in bulk • Some YMCAs developing community kitchens • Resources of providing fresh, locally grown • YMCA developing community kitchens
• Strong communities connected over • Neighborhood classes teaching community • Local food movement foods • Seattle schools nutrition curriculum
food members of all kinds about cooking, farming, • School nutrition programs • People are “too busy” to cook • SNAC – King County Public Health (Elizabeth
• Celebrate, build culture of sharing nutrition, and the food sytsem. (maybe at • Healthy Eating by Design at TT Minor elementary • Lack of knowledge about fresh foods Kimble)
and enjoying food with others community kitchens?) • WSU Food Sense CHANGE project in WC schools • Access is limited for low-income populations • Healthy Restaurant Initiative in King County
• Intergenerational actions around • Incentives for healthy behaviors, e.g., Insurance • Fruit on neighborhood trees and seniors • Carbon consciousness encourages local eating
food, arts, service, cooking together, • Improve State requirements for healthy food in • Everyone eats • Time to prepare healthy foods • Schools (some) focusing on healthy eating
skill sharing, role recognition, schools • Lots of choice • Cost • Bastyr University
increased understanding among • • Immigrant communities think of food as a way to • Poor farm-to-school programs • Some local restaurants focused on local food
groups share culture • Lack of a positive food culture • Diversity of food types and cuisine
• Organized nutritional activity for all • Restaurants • Local political will

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ages, integrated with physical • • Eat Better, Feel Better and Apple Corps in
activity/recreation schools (Solid Ground program)
• Accessible resources/services • School vending machine policies restricting
around nutrition and healthy unhealthy foods

Fitness Environment Domains

Vision / Goals Strategies Local Assets Barriers Regional Assets
SCHOOLS ƒ Increase activity requirement in schools for all ages • Activity spaces affiliated with schools such as • Increasing land prices • Activity spaces with schools
basketball courts • District is slow to move • Health scan and fair, Summer 2008
• Schools offer all students healthy • Kids love to move • WASL takes priority (over other issues) • Community groups such as Cascade Bicycle
foods and PE everyday. • A health scan and fair prepared for Summer 2008 • Nature Deficit Disorder Coalition interest in schools – also have Basics
• Community, schools where people • Pilot program “Family Connections” with Annie E. • Time of Bicycling for bike safety
can come together Casey Foundation • Safety • PA programs after school
• Schools offer all students healthy • Seattle Public Schools new PE curriculum • Stranger Danger • TT Minor Playfield
foods and PE everyday. • Recommend at least 60 minutes of physical activity • Less participation of kids and parents in low • History of Seattle Parks and school partnerships
• Engaged youth and creation of each day for Seattle Public Schools Improved income areas in bike or walk to school • Seismic upgrade funding
space for meaningful youth learning and exercising environment with lower programs • South Seattle Community College looking at
engagement operating costs – does that mean more money for • Growing number of families with young culturally appropriate fitness centers
programs? children – many who don’t know or • K-12 PE curriculum adopted in Seattle
• Gates funding/Thrive By Five focus on White understand the American school systems • WA State Center for Safe Routes to School
Center Early Learning • Limited resources to evaluate policies • Healthy Foods/Healthy Kids initiative in the
• Funding legislature
• 30 minute PE periods limit curriculum • Walk-a-thons instead of food as fundraisers
options and activities • Green school/LEED standards
• Many schools in K-12 (at all levels) are not
meeting the minimum number of hours that
OSPI requires for PE
• Funding for basics of bicycling and similar
programs – if not funded by the district then
difficult to sustain
• Funding and administration of crossing
guard program in Seattle
• Current budget and fiscal policies
• City codes
• School board approval – if productive school
profits not important ?
• Need all schools to buy in on the idea of
changing their PE
• Need more money
• Sustainability of facilities – lower up front
cost may not translate into long-term
savings or health

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PARKS & RECREATION • Organized youth leagues, healthy snacks • New Parks and Renovation at White Center • Parks and open spaces are underutilized Seattle Marathon
• Organized senior activities Heights, Cox Park Memorial, White Center Pond • Time • Danskin Triathlon
• Safe natural spaces in the city for • Organized park/trail activities • Planned redevelopment and renovation of parks • Doesn’t connect with all populations • Triathlon clubs
unstructured play and active • More culturally appropriate activities • High ratio of open space to people and extensive • Funding lacking • Access (driving & ferry) to outdoors
exploration (walking trails, parks, • Utilize churches for PA opportunities existing trails • 3 small areas of open space – underutilized • YMCA – Strong Kids and Teams program
festivals/events) • E.g., Wednesday night youth trail walking/running • Very active stakeholder base interested in for legitimate activities • Green Legacy Coalition funding for parks and
• Eyes on the street (watch others’ • Increase critical mass outside to improve feelings increasing programming with funds committed by • Broken connections between WC & open spaces
kids) of safety parks Delridge • Parks levy
• More space/encouragement for • Open parks • Land and space for CSA development • Lacking partnership of local school • Seattle Parks & Rec are pushing health and
informal activities and play o Increase lighting • Reservoir lidding (potential open space for park / • Safety and access fitness activities for youth & families
• Organized recreational activity for o Increase activity garden / farm?) • YMCA has difficulty recruiting and retaining • Community centers adding more cooking classes
all ages o Increase presence of people at parks for • Islandwood families for youth and families for healthy eating
• Active participation in sports safety • Walking Groups • Other organizations find it difficult to gain
• Integrated recreational / nutrition • SSCC • White Center Neighborhood Plan: UW completed access to city, county parks for program
activities o Better park site info on websites – easier some initial open space inventory in 2007
• Engaged youth and creation of to contact coordinators to reserve • “Friends of” community groups exist though they
space for meaningful youth o Better relationship with schools with good need more support
engagement facilities • Public safety group is interested in parks and safety
• Ppl have affordable and equitable • Assets: pretty well-maintained with law enforcement
access to physical activity, no • Need scholarships for reserving fields for different • YMCA is active
matter their color, language, shape, groups • Dells and Ridges trail mapping
or size. • Need access to more areas for pick-up games
• Unutilized spaces Æ access to information and
improve use

Greg Davis Park – need slower traffic on 26
• Bathroom access at parks
• Publish calendar online to reserve parks / how to
find facilities
• Greenbelt volunteers needed to greenbelt
maintenance (Duwamish is the largest)
• Need for kids in clubs (boxing) to have access to
• Food donations for sports programs
• Safe walking places
• Policies for funding to working, active programs to
continue or expand programs

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION • Walking groups (High point) • Potential expansion of the street car system • Lack of access to fitness centers for • SDOT Safe Routes to school coordinator – Jim
(walking, biking, public transit etc) • Walking “school bus” • Planned rapid ride routes for busses in Delridge homeless and low income communities Curtin
• Opportunities for lifetime fitness • Bike to school programs and White Center • No sidewalks in neighborhoods north of 85
• Cascade Bike to Work Day/Month
• Strong communities connected over • Bike racks • With DNDA and SOPI – a discussion of a TOD in Seattle • Bike to school programs
• Low-income areas have less access to
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physical activity • Designated biking / walking corridors project at 98 and 15 SW • Cascade’s Bike Safety Education program
• Car dependence is significantly Sidewalks • Pedestrian safety improvements at 98 Street
biking programs • Feet First pedestrian programs
diminished; our communities • Crossing guards including pathways, lights, art and a kiosk • Less participation of parents with kids biking • Biodiesel buses
provide places to walk, play, shop, • Walking safety, not just home to school, but for • Increased community awareness of bike and to school • Bridging the gap money
use transit and bike to serve our after school programs walking paths • Delridge and White Center: preferred rapid • Seattle Bike Master Plan
daily needs for persona and • Places to dry off at public facilities • Series of neighborhood walks and surveys ride route is going to Fauntleroy • Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan
community health. • Connections to where kids hand out regarding walking • Cultural expectations and norms regarding
• People on the sidewalk, in public • Make streetscape more inviting • Roundtable discussions about this in the community walking and physical activity
spaces and out of the streets • Neighborhood bike clubs • Many modes of transportation begin and end in the • Safety
• Safe inviting opens spaces (walking • Walking social activities ID • Inadequate bike routes
trails, parks, festivals/events)
• Sidewalk art – wayfinding system • Neighborhood representation on the Seattle • Pollution from modes of transportation
• Walkable communities where

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people can walk to school, • Bike shop (community model) Pedestrian Master Plan advisory group & King threaten and compromise health
groceries, etc. • Adopt-a-street program County Food & Fitness initiative • Area business owners and employees and
• Safety on staircases along Delridge • Not many residents drive visitors don’t use public transportation
• Policy / system change, zoning • Stakeholders use public transportation • Stadium traffic
• Incentives for healthy behaviors, e.g., Insurance • White Center and Delridge have highest bus • People’s fears about safety w/r/t for biking
• Community fitness groups (walking, sports) ridership and walking
• Transit hub in White Center • Schools don’t always have bike racks

COMMUNITY DESIGN/ LAND USE ƒ Equitable development. Prevent against • Redesign of Children’s Park in the ID
gentrification, and keep the most vulnerable • Livable SoDo plan bringing awareness • Seattle Schools lack of clear policy and • Seattle Ped & Bike Master Plans
ƒ Walkable communities populations in the area as it transitions to a • Boren School site – no current plans; could be commitment on putting bike racks in new • Sidewalk requirements for Seattle developers
o Safe and friendly streets healthier environment. town center? facilities • Healthscape work
o Destinations that are community o Includes wage increases/living wage • Dense Development • Business and commercial lack of bike • Light rail (evaluate PA in control communities?)
oriented, linked by safe corridors o Rent protection • St. James Cultural Center – potential hub for facilities for bike commuters • Increased zoning downtown – recent code
ƒ Safe natural spaces in the city for o Affordable housing community activities • Unincorporated King County – what’s ahead amendment
unstructured play and active o Commercial protection of locally owned • 98 Street Corridor redesigned
th for annexation? • Incentive zoning proposals
exploration (walking trails, parks, businesses • Dells and Ridges work • Delridge: school district is not eager to let go • Cascade agenda – land conservation and plans
• Walking routes project of site (Boren) • Pomegranate Agency
ƒ Networks of trust – know who lives • SPU and SDOT are not friendly to
• Walkable neighborhoods • Code requirements for construction to include
near you communities
• Neighborhood matching funds from government bike racks
• WC neighborhood plan (2007) • Funding • Community involved in development in ID
• Many parks • Public safety at some destinations • Efforts looking at high land use impact and
• Promise of new facilities • Adequate resources for evaluation process livability
• Boys & Girls Clubs • Public safety • Green streets and open spaces
• Community Centers • Research doesn’t always impact practice
• YMCAs • Gentrification
• Lots of advocates
• SDOT inventoried sidewalks
• Delridge – support for town center & grocery store
• Seattle interested in pedestrian safety measures

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