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.