About Sherry LaVigne
Posts by Sherry LaVigne:
There are many small and big ways to help us solve hunger.
Become a volunteer:
Volunteers are the backbone of the N.E.W. Hunger Coalition. Most of our food banks are entirely volunteer run. There are many ways you can serve with us for one of the most rewarding volunteer experiences in our community.
Serve at your local food bank unloading and bagging food or helping people in need connect with the resources they need. To volunteer at a local food bank contact them directly by going to our home page and clicking on the link to each food bank.
Serve at one of the many other Hunger Coalition member organizations dedicated to feeding our low income community members – a senior meals on wheels program (link to rural resources site) or the Youth Center (link to their site)
The N.E.W. Hunger Coalition currently operates with passionate volunteers, AmeriCorps/VISTA volunteers and has no other paid staff. We have many volunteer opportunities including;
- Harvest Against Hunger Gleaning
Join us on one of our campaigns through summer and fall collecting fresh local produce for delivery to our food banks
- Plant-A-Row for your food bank
Grow a little extra or share your extra garden produce by donating to your local food bank.
- Community Gardens
Help plant and tend one of our community gardens linked with a food bank
- Pick up and deliver local produce to our member food pantries
- Fundraising – help at one of our many events doing everything from being on an event planning committee to taking tickets at door of our annual Gala.
- Share your skill set with others – help develop or teach a class on healthy eating – gardening, cooking, shopping and budgeting for healthy food and preserving food.
Commercial farmers and food producers
- Donate your extra produce or professionally processed meat to our local food banks
- Ask about our Farm to Food Pantry program
- Donate produce to one of our Summer School and Nutrition programs, feeding children and families during the summer recess when school lunches are not provided. Join us, local school districts, and the library system to help us fill the learning gap that occurs when school is out. Colville Food Bank – Hunters Food Bank
Businesses and Business Associations
Our food banks and member association buildings and facilities are almost all maintained through volunteer labor or services offered at cost. We could use your help!
- Donate extra produce
- Offer us products (e.g. building materials, plumbing fixtures, commercial refrigeration fixtures)
- Offer us professional services (e.g. plumbing and electrical services, flooring installation, computer and IT support)
- Consider us as a Work Source Giving site where your employees pool their money to help us out
Does your school or class need a fundraising project?
To become a volunteer for the N.E.W. Hunger Coalition or to participate in our Farm to Food Pantry program or arrange for a presentation for work place giving email Linda Hansen at email@example.com
2018 Gala Dinner and Auction!
Come celebrate with the Northeast Washington Hunger Coalition
Join us for a great dinner from local producers on Saturday, February 17, 2018. The theme this year is Past, Present & Future of the NEWHC. Dinner this year is Prime Rib, a delectable Vegetarian Main Dish with delicious sides and of course a special dessert. Beer and wine will be available at our no-host bar. Doors open at 4:30 pm. Tickets are $25 per person, or you can reserve a table of eight. Call Susan at (509) 738-4565 for invitations or information about how you may attend and support this wonderful effort.
4:30 PM – Doors open at the Ag Trade Center in Colville with silent auction and appetizers. Beer and wine will be available at our no-host bar. (Provided by Northern Ales)
5:30 PM – Dinner and dessert auction
6:15 PM – Program
6:45 PM – Close of bidding for all silent auction and dessert auction items
Food Bank Client Statistics from food bank members
The Hunger Coalition implemented a 2015 needs assessment survey that provided the following overall client statistics from the 14 food bank members:
- Food banks provided 2,270,242 pounds of food to 15,407 people.
- 99% of food bank clients are low income
- 29% are people with disabilities
- 13% are veterans,
- 34% are seniors (one food bank is as high as 84%),
- 26% are children under 18 years,
- 8% are unemployed, 22% are unemployed, 18% are employed part-time, and 8% are employed full time but don’t make enough money to feed their families.
Programs: Gleaning, Gardens and Plant-a-Row
Gleaning: To gather left over grain, produce or fruit after harvest.
Gleaning in your community prevents food waste, and it also provides you and your family with healthier food choices. Join The Hunger Coalition Gleaning Groups, together we will harvest fruit and veggies for your family and local food banks.
If you would like to join us on our next gleaning adventure, we are currently seeking able-bodied people.
Contact Brianna Shrofe at 509-821-8040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will glean for you!
Do you have more fruit trees than you can keep up with? Did you plant more than you can eat? Don’t let that food go to waste, we will glean for you! To set up an event contact our gleaning coordinator, Brianna Shrofe at 509-821-8040 or email email@example.com
You can help feed the hungry families in your community, and earn tax deductions. Give us a call today to schedule your gleaning event!
Stay up-to-date on Harvest Club events. Join our mailing list today!
Community Gardens in Northeast Washington
Do you want to get more fresh vegetables in your diet and enjoy the outdoors? Consider joining a community garden. Many of these projects offer gardening tools and other resources to anyone who rents a plot.
Please use our interactive map to find and learn more about community gardens near you. Just click on the carrot icons for more information. If you know of a community garden that’s not on our map, please tell us about it at Brianna Shrofe at 509-821-8040 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Plant-A-Row… no produce left behind!
Join the fight against hunger in northeast Washington. Plant-A-Row is a national campaign to bring more fresh fruits and vegetables from home gardens into food pantries and soup kitchens. A few small seeds can make a big difference in the overall health of a community. Support your local food bank by growing and donating extra food from your own garden.
Success Stories from Plant-A-Row in Northeast Washington
One Garden, Three Tons of Produce
During her term as a Summer VISTA Associate (SVA) with Providence NEW Hunger Coalition in Colville, Donna Russell helped to harvest and donate nearly 2,800 pounds of produce for local food pantries…Read More
Backyard Bounty in Northeast Washington
Some people plant a row for the hungry. Dave and Ruth Bare of Spokane County planted a whole garden…Read More
National and Regional Plant-A-Row Resources
Learn how to start a Plant-A-Row campaign in your own community, better under the movement’s history, and see what’s going on nationally with this great resource from the Garden Writers Association.
Seven years of experience at 25 different Harvest Against Hunger sites are available in this valuable resource guide from Rotary First Harvest out of Seattle, WA.
The group that started the Grow A Row movement offers tips on everything from starting a garden to building a campaign in your own community with this invaluable online resource.
Cool Pup Trailers:
Food Pantry Refrigerated Transport and On Farm Refrigeration
- Problem we needed to solve…
- Broad geographical area
- Very small shipment sizes
- Limited resources
- Our Solution:
- Appropriately scaled infrastructure
- Flexible usage
- Stationary or Mobile
- Electricity available or not
- For Farmers or Food Pantries
- Low-cash and Low-labor options
- Compatible with volunteer drivers
Debra Hansen, Board President
As the WSU Stevens County Extension director Debra’s primary program responsibility is Community and Economic Development. Since 2006, she has been overseeing education programming designed to meet needs identified by constituents, and helps them create sustainable, vital communities. Her local economic development activities include partnering with Tri County Economic Development to implement the USDA-RD Strengthening Economies Together program, Rural Microenterprise Assistance Program and managing a county-wide Broadband Action Team (BAT) for increased access, awareness, and adoption. She has 18 years of prior experience in graphic design, communications, public relations, and marketing.
Dr. Michele Le Doux Sakurai, Interim Executive Director
Michele manages Mission/Community Benefit/Pastoral Care/Ethics for Providence Health Care Stevens County. She holds a Doctorate of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, an M.A. in Theology from University of Portland, a M.Ed. in Adult Education from Oregon State University, was a post-graduate fellow (with an emphasis in Mission) for Trinity Health Care, is CAP (Change Acceleration Process) trained, received LEAN training as part of her “Foundations of Leadership” training with Trinity, and has been nationally certified as a chaplain for over 20 years. As past chair, she manages policies, monitors the budget and acts as the Board liaison to the general members and co-facilitates the monthly member meetings.
Lloyd Ward, Board Treasurer
Lloyd retired to Colville, Washington in 1993 from a military career. Since then he has served as a school counselor, director of The Center – A Place for Youth in Colville and established and directed a federally funded runaway and homeless youth program, YOUTH.COM, for 9 years. He continues to be active in programs to help the needy in the area, including the Providence Hunger Coalition as treasurer, Member Advisory Council for Spokane 2nd Harvest Food Bank, and as an officer with the North Stevens County Ministerial Association. Since 2004 he has managed Pinecrest Manor, an apartment complex for elderly and disabled in Deer Park, WA. Lloyd is the Executive Director of Bethel Christian Life Center which runs five youth centers in Colville, Addy, Deer Park, Kettle Falls and Northport.
Pam Borders, Board Secretary
Pam is an employee of Providence Mount Carmel Hospital managing all of the hospital’s outside vendor contracts and is assistant to program staff. She has a background with food access; she developed the first Wednesday Farmer’s Market in Colville, Washington. Pam manages the minutes of the Hunger Coalition meeting as well as creates flyers and communications for Hunger Coalition initiatives.
Ron Rehn, Executive Director of Mount Carmel and St. Joseph’s Providence Hospitals
Greg Knight, Executive Director of Rural Resources Community Action (RRCA)
Mary Selecky, Providence Health Care Rural Advisory Chair
Susan Urhausen, Retired Kettle Falls Food Bank Manager
Ella Peone, Northport Food Bank Manager
Ann Fackenthall, Tum Tum Food Bank and Lake Spokane Alliance
Michele Loftis, Colville Food Bank Manager
© 2015 N.E.W. Hunger Coalition.org
Our Hunger Coalition Hall of Fame
People who have been here before to get us where we are right now.
Bob Esvelt [in memory], Bob was raised near Daisy, Washington on a dairy farm and has returned and has lived in the Rice-Daisy area since 1980 after 9 years in higher education. He has a B.S. degree in Zoology in 1975 from Washington State University and earned a PhD in Biochemistry in December 1979 after researching Vitamin D metabolism and physiological function. Bob served as President of the Board of Directors for the Kettle Falls Food Bank for the past three years. He has been active in the Democratic Party for over 20 years serving as Stevens County Chair, State Committeeman and 5th congressional district representative to the Washington State Democratic Committee Executive Board. Bob was a farmer for the past 30 years and has many connections and partnerships with local farmers.
Robert Campbell, had the initial vision of starting the Hunger Coalition. He was troubled by poverty related hunger showing up as health issues in the health care systems and founded the Providence N.E.W. Hunger Coalition along with Michele Sakurai in September, 2011. Bob retired as Chief Executive for Providence Health Care Stevens County, working in health care administration for over 30 years.
Gael Treesiwin, was one of the catalysts that had a passion to mobilize this group of food banks that had not yet begun to work together. Her skills in grant writing and capacity building for nonprofit organizations has helped every food bank learn new skills and find new money. She provided organizational development, fund development, facilitation of a written 3-year Strategic Action Plan and co-facilitation of Hunger Coalition monthly member meetings.
Lindsey Edmunds, was our first AmeriCorps VISTA Gleaning Coordinator for with the Harvest Against Hunger Project. Lindsey had the grace and style to start a new program that introduced the local farmers to ways they could sell their produce and glean the excess with our assistance.
Matt Morse, the second AmeriCorps VISTA Gleaning Coordinator for with the Harvest Against Hunger Project. Matt was able to add some systems work into our gleaning and Farm to Food Pantry program. He also helped build the first “Cool Pup” trailer to move small amounts of food throughout our region.
Cliff and Sarah Nelson, served as founding board members. They were both very involved on the Board and in management of the Loon Lake Food Pantry and Resource Center.
- Tri County Economic Development District (TEDD)
- The Center – A Place for Youth
- Bethel Ministries
- UMC/Ministerial Association
- Kids Program (Summer Lunch)
- Stevens County Commissioners
- School Districts
- Northeast Washington Tri-County Health District
- Dept. of Social and Health Services
- Libraries of Stevens County
- Addy Rescue
- Feeding on the Spot
Offices are located in the Tri County Economic Development District Building
986 S. Main Street, Suite D
Colville, WA 99114
For general questions or interest in one of our programs, please contact NEW Hunger Coalition Program Coordinator: Linda M. Hansen, email@example.com or (509) 690-1299
President of the Board: Debra Hansen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Interim Executive Director: Michele Sakurai, email@example.com
Secretary: Pamela Borders, firstname.lastname@example.org or (509) 685-5483.
Gleaning Coordinator: Brianna Shrofe, email@example.com or (509) 821-8040.