The Food Access Coalition for Kittitas County

Contact

509-962-7515
healthpromotion@co.kittitas.wa.us

The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) wants to increase access to healthy foods. By increasing access to healthy foods, residents can eat healthier wherever they live. As part of that work, KCPHD currently facilitates the Food Access Coalition forof Kittitas County.

The Food Access Coalition’s mission is to engage local programs and agencies in advancing access to healthy foods in Kittitas County. Members from across the community come together to create partnerships and coordinate efforts to ensure that all Kittitas County residents have access to food and food resources.

The coalition meets on the second Monday of each month from 9:30am to 10:;30am in the KCPHD Conference Room. Anyone is welcome to attend. Call the health department to get connected.

Coalition Membership

Currently, members of the Food Access Coalition for Kittitas County include representatives from:

  • 2-1-1
  • Apoyo Food Pantry
  • Central Washington University Nutrition Science and Public Health departments
  • Central Washington University Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH)
  • Community Health of Central Washington
  • Community members in upper and lower Kittitas County
  • Community Outreach and Life Skills Center (COAL)
  • Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)
  • Ellensburg School District
  • FISH Community Food Bank
  • HopeSource
  • Kittitas County Public Health Department
  • People for People
  • The Ellensburg Farmers Market
  • Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC)

Projects

Coalition members are involved in a variety of local efforts related to improving access to healthy foods in Kittitas County. Some projects are coalition-led efforts and some are led by other organizations and supported by the coalition. Currently the coalition is focusing on the following projects:

Food 4 You Resource Guide

The Food Access Coalition created the Food 4 You Resource Guide for YOU! This guide has information to help everyone connect to local food and food assistance programs in Kittitas County. These include food banks and pantries, meal assistance programs, farmers markets, and community gardens.

The 2019 edition of the guide will be available in June. Please contact the Food Access Coalition if you would like printed copies of this guide, or download it from the website when it becomes available.

Although updated each year, the guide may not include all resources in the county. We ask that community partners send updates or suggestions to the coalition.

Food Access Day at the Ellensburg Farmers Market

Each June the Food Access Coalition partners with Dietetic Program interns from Central Washington University to provide marketgoers with information on food assistance resources and nutrition education. Free nutrition activities for kids, food access educational resources for families and individuals, and healthy snacks are provided.

The 2019 Food Access Day will take place on Saturday, June 22nd from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Ellensburg Farmers Market. This year it will also coincide with the launch of KERNEL, a new booth focusing on fun nutrition and physical activities for children.

Previous Coalition Projects

History of the Coalition

In 2007, the director of the FISH Food Bank approached staff at the health department about how to get more healthy foods, especially fresh produce into the food bank. With an obesity prevention grant, staff started consulting with others in the community about how to increase access to healthy foods in our community and, in May 2007, the coalition was born.

More Information

For more information about access to healthy foods, nutrition education, and resources, please visit KCPHD’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education page.