Partners in SeaTac/Tukwila have taken a bold approach to expanding economic opportunities and promoting health. Through the Food Innovation Network (FIN), community members in SeaTac and Tukwila receive training and support to become “Community Food Advocates,” who lead activities such as community kitchen dinners and healthy activities for kids. Advocates are key to planning FIN strategies and developing activities that will support policy and systems change.
The funds awarded will help Global to Local and partners advance FIN priorities, including the planning of the Food Innovation Center, a community kitchen and food business incubation center at the Matt Griffin YMCA in SeaTac. Global to Local also received funding to expand its Health and Housing work, deploying Community Health Workers to affordable housing sites to address issues like diabetes prevention, nutrition, and access to health care for the low-income residents living there.