How We Work

Strengthening Relationships

This innovative model strengthens local food economy relationships and ensures a food assistance model that provides community members in need with high quality, nutritious, and culturally relevant meals. By ensuring the stability of restaurant businesses and enabling the retention or hiring of staff, the overall community need for financial assistance is reduced, ensuring markets for local producers are intact, extending to them the same economic security.

Initial program support came through Harvest Against Hunger’s King County Farmers Share program, which provides food assistance through the purchase of King County farm products. Since that time, Good Food Kitchens received additional support from the Not Yet Foundation, Support + Feed, the City of Seattle, King County, and the WSDA, which has allowed the program to expand significantly.

As of November 2023, Good Food Kitchens has distributed over $1.7 million to 67 restaurants and caterers, sourcing from 57 local farms and producers, to prepare over 165,000 meals for 56 organizations to distribute to community members facing food insecurity.