2023 Food Systems RFQ

The Youth and Family Empowerment (YFE) Division of the City of Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) is seeking applications to provide the Seattle Food Committee (SFC) and Meals Partnership Coalition (MPC) networks with the following services:

  1. Nutritious food sourcing (formerly Bulk Buy);
  2. Transportation of procured food; and
  3. Network administrative support.

Applicants may apply for more than one service area and can partner with either the SFC, MPC or both, in implementation. HSD will fund a maximum of two agencies per service area – one per network. For example, one agency may be contracted for nutritious food sourcing for the SFC and another agency for the MPC. Alternately, one agency may be contracted to provide nutritious food sourcing to both networks. This may also be the case with transportation and administrative support.

HSD is committed to values-based purchasing, which seeks to align public dollars with core values such as equity, community health, local economy, environmental sustainability, and fair labor. HSD strongly encourages consideration toward aligning to these values while supporting Seattle’s food system.

Up to $1,768,928 in HSD General Fund dollars is available through this RFQ. Initial awards will be made for the contract period of January 1, to December 31, 2024. Contract renewal for an additional three years will depend on agency performance and HSD funding availability.

Graphic of RFQ timeline

HSD will offer one Information Session on Tuesday, March 7, 2023, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. PST via Microsoft Teams online virtual meeting technology, which will be recorded and made available on this webpage. Any agency interested in learning more about this RFQ is encouraged to attend the session and ask questions. Attendance is not required.

The Last Day to Submit Questions will be Monday, March 27, 2023, by 5:00 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 organizations may incur while they are preparing their application, providing information requested by HSD, or participating in the selection process.

This RFQ 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 Tuesday, April 11, 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 Tan Mei Teo, Funding Process Coordinator, via email with any questions about this RFQ or to request an accommodation for the information session: tan-mei.teo@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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