For complete project information and to download the report, visit the project website.
Seattle, WA (March 4, 2014) – To combat childhood obesity and improve health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation convened a collaborative project in the Puget Sound region to increase consumption of healthy, Washington grown food in King County schools, hospitals and childcare facilities. This multi-phase Farm-to-Institution (F2I) project aims to strengthen the regional food economy and overcome challenges to providing regionally-produced food in institutions that serve low-income children through four components: develop market research to inform impact and program related investment strategies; highlight models and case studies that could be replicated via different forms of investment; leverage and scale successful aspects of current F2I initiatives; and evaluate and document successes and lessons learned.
The F2I report is comprised of five segments: market analysis on King County hospitals, schools and childcare facilities, and also on the state food production industry; an assessment of challenges and opportunities in each market segment; an analysis to support F2I program related investments in Washington State; grant-making strategies that align or support investments; and a series of appendices highlighting market-focused research and resources.
The final report, Farm-to-Institution Strategies: Impact investing in health and economic development through the value chain of healthy regional food in the Puget Sound region, is now available for public download here.