HSD Announces Multiple Funding Opportunities to Help Older Adults Address Their Nutritional Needs

smiling cook wearing a red chef's coat and head scarf, preparing meals in mass - Senior Food/Nutrition RFPs/RFQs -

At the City of Seattle’s Human Services Department, we are committed to improving the quality of life for older adults in our community. That’s why we’re excited to announce four funding opportunities for agencies that share our vision and are passionate about supporting older adults in maintaining their independence and aging in place, while focusing on nutritious meals and culturally relevant food options:

1) The 2023 Congregate Meals for Older Adults RFQ aims to fund agencies that provide culturally relevant, nutritionally balanced meals and socialization opportunities for older adults. We have approximately $3,295,179 available through federal and local funds. We plan to fund up to 15 Congregate Meals proposals located throughout King County.

2) The Home-Delivered Meals Program RFQ focuses on providing meals to older adults who cannot leave their homes unassisted, cannot prepare meals for themselves, and lack a social support system to help them. We have approximately $2,394,870 available through federal, state, and local funds. We plan to fund up to three proposals for home-delivered meals. Applicants must provide Home Delivered Meals throughout King County.

3) Multicultural Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) Services RFP focuses on delivering technical assistance and support to congregate meal sites that serve older adults with unique cultural and linguistic needs. We have $160,000 available through federal and local funds, and we plan to fund one proposal that demonstrates the ability to work with diverse communities in delivering Multicultural RDN services.

4) The 2023 Culturally Nourishing Foods for Older Adults RFP encourages agencies to invest in food and meals, food access, and social engagement for older adults. We have $630,430 available through local funds, and we plan to fund no more than 10 new contracts. Interested applicants are limited to one (1) proposal that addresses one or more of 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.)

Please note if you are a collaborative agency: Only the applicant identified as the lead should apply. HSD reserves the right to combine funds awarded through this RFP into other HSD contracts.

Initial awards for each of these funding opportunities 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.

These are open and competitive processes. If you’re an agency looking to make a positive impact on the lives of older adults in our community, we invite you to join us in our efforts. We will be hosting information sessions from March 7-10, with in person and virtual options

For more information, specific session dates, and all RFQ/RFP materials, please visit HSD’s Funding Opportunities page: application packets are due by 12:00 p.m. (Noon) PDT, on Wednesday, April 12, 2023.

If you have any questions or require assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Angela Miyamoto, Funding Process Coordinator, at

Visit HSD’s Funding Opportunities page!