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Food Equity Fund now accepting proposals for funding

Department of Neighborhoods Funds available to support community-initiated projects working to advance food equity Note: This application is now closed. Seattle’s Food Equity Fund is now accepting applications for Tier Two grants that support community-based organizations working to address food education, access, and security. Grant funds will be prioritized for projects… [ Keep reading ]

2021 OSE Year in Review

Letter from Interim Director, Michelle CaulfieldDear OSE Friends & Colleagues, The start of a new year is always a time of reflection – an opportunity to consider the past year and look boldly toward the opportunities ahead. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, OSE hit the ground running in 2021, working with City departments… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle’s Fresh Bucks Program Launches Electronic Benefits to Offer a More Equitable Shopping Experience

Over 12,000 Seattle residents enrolled in Fresh Bucks can now shop with their Fresh Bucks Card or app, eliminating the need for paper vouchers and improving customer and retailer experiences. Fresh Bucks, a healthy food program that provides monthly cash assistance to eligible and enrolled Seattle residents so they can… [ Keep reading ]

Apply to Join the Sweetened Beverage Tax Community Advisory Board

The City of Seattle is now accepting applications for three positions on the Sweetened Beverage Tax Community Advisory Board, an 11-member body that makes recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on programs and services to fund with the Sweetened Beverage Tax revenue. Beginning in 2018, the City of Seattle… [ Keep reading ]

OSE Celebrates Black History Month

February is Black History Month. In the spirit of celebrating Black excellence and brilliance, and in service to the expansion of our minds to learn from Black thought leaders in the environmental and climate movement, staff at the Office of Sustainability pulled together a reading list highlighting Black leaders at… [ Keep reading ]

King Conservation Grant Process Now Open

Deadline is October 19 Each year the King Conservation District (KCD) provides funds through the Seattle Community Partnership Grant program to improve natural resources and advance environmental equity. The Office of Sustainability and Environment partners with KCD on the application process which opens today. The deadline to apply is Monday, October 19. Learn more and apply here. OSE and KCD staff… [ Keep reading ]

Environmental Justice Leadership Spotlight: Jaimée Marsh

Jaimée joined the EJC in 2020 and participates on the Healthy Environment for All Sub-committee. They currently serve as Executive Director of FEEST, a non-profit organization centering youth as leaders working towards school food systems change in Seattle and South King County. What motivates you in your work in the environmental justice… [ Keep reading ]

Continuing to Support Community with COVID Relief Food Assistance

In March, Seattle was one of the first cities in the nation to launch an emergency grocery voucher program for families who were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial $5 million investment provided vouchers to 6,250 low-income families to help them purchase food, cleaning supplies, and other household goods… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle’s Emergency Food Voucher Program Gets Another Boost

The City of Seattle will now be able to provide an additional 250 households with emergency grocery vouchers thanks an additional $200,000 contribution from Safeway. Safeway had previously contributed $200,000 which was announced a few weeks ago. The emergency grocery voucher program provides families $800 in vouchers to purchase food,… [ Keep reading ]

Promoting healthy habits with fruit and vegetable snacks in the classroom

What goes well with reading and math? Pears! That’s just one example of what roughly 6,800 elementary students at Seattle Public Schools will be snacking on through a new partnership with the Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment. The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program partnership supplies students with fruit and… [ Keep reading ]