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Kittitas (pronounced 'kit-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
A community food assessment is a collaborative and participatory process
which systematically examines a broad range of community food issues using an
assets-based approach. The results of a community food assessment inform change
to make a community more food secure. Assessment has been a key area of
interested to the Food Access Coalition since its inception in 2007, and became
a priority area in 2009.
Why are we doing a community food assessment?
The purpose of the Kittitas County Community Food
Assessment (KCCFA) is to compile information and tell the story about the
assets, resources, and needs of the county related to access to healthy foods,
hunger, food security/insecurity, and our local food system.
What will we do with the results?
Through the KCCFA process and results, we hope to:
The strategies we've chosen to collect information about
access to healthy foods, hunger, food security/insecurity, and our local food
Who is doing it?
Members of the Food Access Coalition for Kittitas County with
support from the Kittitas County Public Health Department are conducting the
KCCFA. The KCCFA Steering Committee includes coalition members representing both
upper and lower Kittitas County communities as well as organizations such as the
health department, WSU Extension, St. Andrew's Community Garden, Central
Washington University Public Health and Nutrition Science Programs, Kittitas
County Head Start, and FISH Food Bank.
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Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.