Local food facilities could address gaps in the King County local food system

Numerous studies across the Puget Sound region have confirmed that there is insufficient kitchen, processing, packaging, storage space, and transportation capacity to adequately and efficiently connect local food producers with target markets. Much of the regional infrastructure needed to grow our local food economy no longer exists, is in need of improvement, or is not adequate to meet the needs of small and medium farms and food businesses in our region.

To address this infrastructure gap, King County, in partnership with local food entrepreneurs, launched a project to study the feasibility of developing a consolidated ‘Local Food Facility’ or a network of smaller facilities. The goal is to address processing, storage and distribution needs of multiple food system partners while also providing those partners with ready access to their target markets, especially underserved communities.

Food Hub Feasibility Study: Closing the gap in our local food system

A primary strategy identified in the Local Food Initiative is improving the food processing, storage and distribution infrastructure in King County to accommodate and increase food distribution.

This need has been well documented in the last several years by studies, needs assessments, and market evaluations conducted across the region.  Building on this research and the work done by food systems stakeholders, King County and partners will further evaluate options for developing additional local food system infrastructure, including a consolidated local food facility.

Is it possible to develop a multi-functional and shared-use food facility that supports small farm and food businesses?

King County and partners have teamed up with ECONorthwest, an economic consulting firm, to answer this question.