The N.E.W. Hunger Coalition is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization of 15 food banks and nine community partners in rural Northeast Washington are working towards stabilizing and strengthening the emergency food system while working to address the root causes of hunger in our communities.

The N.E.W. Hunger Coalition is working together to end hunger in Northeast Washington


Today we are working to stabilize emergency food distribution while simultaneously working to address the root causes of hunger at a more sustainable and deeper level. Some of the issues being addressed:

  • unhealthy eating habits
  • little access to healthy produce and fruit
  • lack of gardening, cooking, and food preservation skills
  • how to budget or shop for healthy food
  • availability of unhealthy food in our schools and communities


The Hunger Coalition was originally convened by Bob Campbell, Chief Executive of Providence Health Care Stevens County (PHCSC) and Michele Sakurai, Manager of Pastoral Care and Mission (PHCSC) in Colville Washington. They were concerned by the many health related issues of hunger showing up dramatically in the medical system and wanted to do something to address hunger.  The first meeting of the Hunger Coalition was in September 2011. Members have been meeting monthly since then at Mt. Carmel Hospital in Colville WA.