Access to Healthy Foods

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 Kittitas County Food Access Coalition.

Mission: To advocate for all people of Kittitas County to have consistent access to healthy food and an understanding of nutrition by promoting and developing local programs and partnerships.

The coalition meets once a 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 the coalition was born. The first meeting took place in May 2007 and by July 2007; the coalition had a name, a mission, and overarching goals.

Goals

  • Increase the availability of, usage of, and access to healthy foods (with a focus on local food banks)
  • Support infrastructure of local food access and nutrition programs
  • Identify community needs, assets, and resources related to access to healthy foods and nutrition information
  • Increase nutrition education opportunities
  • Conduct outreach and publicity about the coalition and local food access efforts

Coalition Membership

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

  • Kittitas County Public Health Department
  • FISH Food Bank
  • HopeSource
  • WSU Extension
  • Central Washington University Nutrition Science and Public Health departments
  • St. Andrew's Community Garden
  • Community members in upper and lower Kittitas County

Projects

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

Ellensburg

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

Roslyn

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

Resources and Links

Community Food Survey results

Highlights from the Community Food Survey