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Seattle and King County join together to proclaim Food Day

Council President Richard Conlin

Seattle and King County join together to proclaim Food Day
Officials promote healthy eating and sustainable, accessible food policies

October 24 is National Food Day, a day to celebrate and support a healthy, sustainable, and accessible food system. In recognition of the occasion, a rare joint proclamation was issued today by the King County Council and Executive and the Seattle City Council and Mayor in support of the national Food Day campaign and many local events occurring in the region.

Metropolitan King County Councilmember and Board of Health member Kathy Lambert and Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin, who chairs the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Regional Food Policy Council, invited their colleagues to join them for a joint city-county presentation, which took place in the County Council Chambers. Local representatives involved with Food Day events and food policy activities also participated in the celebration.

“It is critical that the County and City continue to work together to advance our joint goals of access to healthy food, farmland preservation, environmental sustainability, regional economic development, and public health,” said Council President Conlin.

“We all benefit from keeping fresh, locally produced foods available and accessible to everyone in King County – from families to farmers to grocers,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “Food Day rightly recognizes the important role that agriculture plays – and will continue to play – in our region.”

“Healthy and locally-produced food should be accessible to everyone,” said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. “Raising awareness of food issues at both a county and city level will help us toward that goal.”

“We are fortunate in the Northwest to have the climate and the agricultural land needed to produce plenty of food, and harvest time is a great opportunity to recognize the essential contributions of our local farmers,” said Councilmember Lambert. “This joint city-county proclamation draws more attention to the issue of access to healthy food and the importance of agriculture in both urban and rural areas of King County.”

The proclamation is one part of a full week of activities and celebrations occurring in the Puget Sound region, including panel discussions, film screenings, dinners, farm tours and a resolution passed on Oct. 21 by the King County Board of Health. More information is posted on a Food Day web page at www.kingcounty.gov/health/foodday.

Food Day is a new nationwide grassroots mobilization promoting healthier diets, food security and sustainable food policies. More information about National Food Day is available at www.foodday.org.

The Proclamation is attached

“The City of Seattle and King County issued a joint proclamation today in honor of Food Day, a nationwide grassroots mobilization promoting healthier diets, food security and sustainable food policies. From left are County Council Chair Larry Gossett, County Councilmember Julia Patterson, City Councilmember Mike O’Brien, County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer, City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, County Councilmember Bob Ferguson, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, County Councilmember Kathy Lambert, County Councilmember Larry Phillips, City Council President Richard Conlin, County Councilmember Reagan Dunn, County Executive’s Chief Policy Advisor Carrie Cihak, County Councilmember Jane Hague and County Councilmember Joe McDermott.”



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