You're Invited: City of Seattle Sweetened Beverage Tax Community Advisory Board | Food Access Stakeholder Event

Dear Food Access Partner,

You are invited to participate in an important food access stakeholder engagement Sweetened Beverage Tax Community Advisory Board event with Seattle’s Sweetened Beverage Tax Community Advisory Board (CAB). This event is intended to gather input from nonprofit organizations and stakeholders who focus on food access, healthy eating, food justice, and health equity. Your input will help the CAB develop its 2020 Budget Recommendations for the Mayor and City Council on the types of healthy food access programs to fund with Sweetened Beverage Tax revenue. In 2019, $9.9 million in SBT revenue is supporting programs that increase access to healthy food (SBT fact sheet).

Please join us in a high engagement, interactive workshop facilitate by Maketa Wilborn. The purpose of the workshop is to:

1.       Review and provide feedback on the CAB’s 2019 Budget Recommendations related to food access programming

2.       Provide input on how to strengthen the CAB’s upcoming 2020 Budget Recommendations related to food access programming

3.       Provide input on the CAB’s future community engagement efforts

There are two options to participate. Please register by clicking on one of the following links:

·         Option 1: Tue, April 30 from 10 AM – 12 PM at Youngstown Cultural Arts in the Delridge Neighborhood of Southwest Seattle (Click to register)

·         Option 2: Thu, May 2 from 1 PM – 3 PM at the Northwest African American Museum in the Central District (Click to register)

Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Light snacks will be served.

Your input is very valuable and will help the CAB make meaningful recommendations on the City’s food access investments. For example, as a result of the CAB’s 2019 Budget Recommendations, the City:

·         Expanded support for Fresh Bucks, Fresh Bucks to Go, and Farm-to-Table programs

·         Expanded support for community-based meal program and providers

·         Established a new Food Access Opportunity Fund

·         Expanded a fruit and vegetable snack program in elementary schools

·         Dedicated funding for a future public awareness and countermarketing campaign to curb consumption of sugary drinks and promote healthier beverages

For more information, visit the Sweetened Beverage Tax Community Advisory Board webpage or download the SBT fact sheet.

Sincerely,

Sweetened Beverage Tax Community Advisory Board

https://www.seattle.gov/sweetened-beverage-tax-community-advisory-board

CAB Contact:

Bridget Igoe

Ph: 206-256-5334

Email: bridget.igoe@seattle.gov