2023 Culturally Nourishing Foods for Older Adults RFP

The Aging and Disability Services Division of the City of Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) is seeking applications from a diverse group of agencies interested in helping older adults maintain their quality of life through access to quality and nourishing foods that support healthy aging.

The Culturally Nourishing Foods for Older Adults RFP invests in food and meals, food access, and social engagement through the following strategies:

  • Food and meals – culturally nourishing groceries or meals that cannot be funded through other sources
  • Food access – transportation to culturally nourishing food activities
  • Social engagement – activities that promote older people connecting to each other and that center on culturally nourishing food (e.g., nutrition education, cooking classes, farm field trips, cultural celebrations, etc.)

Organizations may apply for one or more strategies. All funded organizations may be required to participate in an evaluation process to determine the efficacy of the program.

Approximately $630,430 is available through this RFP from the following sources: $530,430 in Seattle Sweetened Beverage Tax (SBT) funding and $100,000 in HSD General Fund dollars.

Each applicant is limited to one (1) proposal. For collaborative programs, only the applicant identified as the lead should apply. If you are also listed as a partner in another applicant’s proposal, the services provided and budget requested should be clearly defined and not duplicative. The Funding Process Coordinator may request additional information or ask clarifying questions related to the proposal.

HSD intends to fund a maximum number of proposals resulting in no more than 10 new contracts. HSD reserves the right to combine funds awarded through this RFP into other HSD contracts. Initial Awards will be made for the period of January 1, 2024 - December 31, 2024. While it is the City’s intention to renew agreements resulting from this funding opportunity on an annual basis through the 2027 program year, future funding will be contingent upon performance and funding availability. Funding is also subject to changes in Sweetened Beverage Tax (SBT) revenue.

Graphic of RFQ timeline

HSD will offer two Information Sessions:

  1. Wednesday, March 8, 2023, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. PST in-person at Neighborhood House - High Point at 6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle, WA 98126.
  2. Friday, March 10, 2023, from 9:30-11:00 a.m. PST via Webex online virtual meeting technology, which will be recorded and made available on this webpage.

Any applicant interested in learning more about this RFP is encouraged to attend the session and ask questions. Attendance is not required.

The Last Day to Submit Questions will be Monday, April 3, 2023, by 4:00 p.m. PDT. HSD will not provide individual notice of changes; and applicants are responsible for regularly checking this web page for answers to questions, process updates, clarifications, or amendments. HSD will not pay for any costs incurred while preparing their application, providing information requested by HSD, or participating in the selection process.

This RFP is competitive and open to any legally constituted entities that meet the standard HSD Agency Minimum Eligibility Requirements (found in the sidebar on the previous page) and any additional requirements outlined in the Guidelines and Application.

Completed application submissions are due by 12:00 Noon PDT, on Wednesday, April 12, 2023. Applications may be submitted electronically via:

Any risks associated with submitting a proposal by email are borne by the applicant. Applicants will receive an email acknowledging receipt of their application. No faxed or mailed applications will be accepted.


Please contact Angela Miyamoto, Funding Process Coordinator, via email with any questions about this RFP or to request an accommodation for the information session: Angela.Miyamoto@seattle.gov

Human Services

Tanya Kim, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 5800, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34215, Seattle, WA, 98124-4215
Phone: (206) 386-1001

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