King County leaders toast Food Day

November 1, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert (center) holds a joint resolution to celebrate Food Day in King County on Oct. 24. Contributed

Food Day, a grassroots effort to promote healthier eating, food security and sustainable food policies, merited a weeklong celebration in King County and the Puget Sound region, plus recognition from local leaders.

The celebration included farm tours, panel discussions, film screenings and, of course, dinners.

King County and Seattle leaders issued a rare joint proclamation Oct. 24, Food Day, to support the national Food Day campaign and local observances.

County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, a county Board of Health member and the Issaquah representative on the council, and Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin invited colleagues to join a joint county-city presentation on Food Day.

County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn joined the councils to issue the proclamation.

“We all benefit from keeping fresh, locally produced foods available and accessible to everyone in King County — from families to farmers to grocers,” Constantine said in a statement. “Food Day rightly recognizes the important role that agriculture plays — and will continue to play — in our region.”

Lambert and other Board of Health members adopted a Food Day resolution Oct. 21. (Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger serves on the Board of Health.)

“It is critical that the county and city continue to work together to advance our joint goals of access to healthy food, farmland preservation, environmental sustainability, regional economic development and public health,” Conlin said.

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