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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.
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.
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.
Currently, members of the Food Access Coalition for Kittitas County include representatives
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:
Community Food Survey results
Highlights from the Community Food Survey
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.