Access to Healthy Foods



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 of Kittitas County.

The coalition meets on the second Monday of each month. Anyone is welcome to attend. Call the health department to get connected.

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.


The Food Access Coalition’s mission is to promote a healthy community, economy, and environment in Kittitas County by actively supporting local food and farms.

Coalition Membership

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

  • Kittitas County Public Health Department
  • FISH Food Bank
  • Apoyo Food Bank
  • HopeSource
  • WIC
  • DSHS
  • WorkSource
  • People for People
  • 2-1-1
  • Community Health of Central Washington
  • Kittitas County Farmers Market
  • Ellensburg School District
  • Central Washington University Nutrition Science and Public Health departments
  • Community Outreach and Life Skills Center
  • Community members in upper and lower Kittitas County


Coalition members are involved in a variety of local efforts related to access to healthy foods and nutrition in Kittitas County. Some are coalition-led efforts and some are led by other community groups or members, but supported by coalition members. Here are just a few examples of projects coalition members are involved in:

Facts & Figures

  • About 4% of Kittitas County adults ate less than they wanted to because they didn't have enough money to buy food.
  • About 20% of Kittitas County 10th grade students said their family had to cut meal sizes or skip meals because there wasn't enough money to buy food.
  • According to the Food Access Coalition's Community Food Survey in 2010,
    • About 60% of respondents who don't garden said it's because they don't have a place to do it.
    • About 10% of respondents get some or most of their food from local food banks.
    • Over 80% of respondents said they prepare dinner at home at least 5 days per week.
    • About 24% of respondents said they or someone in their household had skipped a meal sometime in the past year because they didn't have enough food.
    • Over 60% of respondents said they sometimes, often, or all the time eat less healthy foods because they are cheaper.

Farmer's Markets


Saturdays, May through October from 9 am to 1 pm.


Sundays, June through September from 10 am to 2 pm.

Resources and Links

Community Food Survey results

Highlights from the Community Food Survey