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
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org or (509) 690-1299
President of the Board: Debra Hansen, email@example.com
Interim Executive Director: Michele Sakurai, firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary: Pamela Borders, email@example.com or (509) 685-5483.
Gleaning Coordinator: Brianna Shrofe, firstname.lastname@example.org or (509) 821-8040.
Members: Food Banks and Pantries
- Colville Food Bank
- Chewelah Food Bank
- Curlew Food Bank
- Cusick Food Bank
- Ford Food Pantry
- Hunters Food Bank
- Ione Food Bank
- Kettle Falls Food Bank
- Loon Lake Food Bank
- Northport Food Bank
- Orient Food Bank
- Republic Food Bank
- Tum Tum Food Bank
- Valley Food Bank
- Wellpinit Food Bank
Successful grant writing efforts: $139,145 in grant awards including;
- $9, 980 from Providence Healthcare Community Benefit for Growers’ Round Tables
- $26,900 from Providence Healthcare Community Benefit Fund for website, public outreach, emergency food, cooking and food preservation classes and VISTA cash match
- $12,165 for Harvest Against Hunger and Transportation – KF Community Chest Fiscal Agent
- $11,000 from Empire Health Foundation for cooking classes for healthy eating – a pilot project in Loon Lake with Loon Lake as the fiscal agent
- $29,600 from Providence Healthcare Foundation for website, public outreach, food preservation classes, VISTA cash match and support
- $19,000 from Inland Northwest Community Foundation for strategic plan, mileage, nutrition education and food preservation classes, public outreach & holiday emergency money, and a mentoring program for new struggling food banks
- $7,500 from Providence Healthcare Benefit Request Fund for refrigeration units in food dessert food banks
- $12,000 2012 from PHC for start up
- $11,000 2012 from PHC for start up
Improved relationships with major food suppliers; issues with service delivery: lack of fresh produce, undercutting of local fundraising efforts. (June meeting 2012). Second Harvest participants have stated; “the community input model started in Stevens County is now being replicated by us in other service territories.”
Significant outcomes from improved relationships include:
- Additional monthly deliveries of fresh produce and fruit direct from growers to food banks donated by Northwest Harvest. 99,100 pounds of food valued at $164,506 ($1.66/pound). We expect delivery of 20,000 to 30,000 pounds of additional produce in future months.
- Donation of a1996 International Harvester truck 9600 donated by Second Harvest food supplier. This truck will be used for Veterans Outreach in outlying areas of the County and for a fall gleaning project.
Education: Through partnering with WSU Stevens County Extension, the members have expanded skills:
- Fundraising and Donor Development
- “Grant in a Can” development and mentorship of grant writing/event planning
- Strategic planning/visioning/values
- Conflict Resolution through modeling interest-based negotiation
- Entrepreneurship – sustainability with an emphasis on selling a product. In consideration, the development of informational guides at a minimal cost:
- How to Start a Food Bank
- Cooking Classes: Thrive Well; Spend Less
- Creating Sustainability as a Food Bank
- How to Start a Children’s Summer Food Program (to be developed after successful testing of present program efforts)
Identification of gaps and unmet needs including:
- more fresh produce and protein
- additional refrigerators, walk-in coolers, and freezers
- trucks and transportation from growers to food banks
- more links to community gardens and gardeners for fresh food and teaching organic
- infrastructure repairs on food bank buildings (bad wiring, archaic computers, insufficient space)
- sustainable funding
Food banks as an access point for health and other resources: Expanding food bank potential building on the fact that people in poverty feel comfortable going to their local food bank. Activities to date include;
- Providence Health give free flu shots to food bank clients through the Wolff Project
- Initiating interest in partnering with Prescription Assistance to provide space for Prescription Assistance Representatives to meet people in need locally instead of having to travel to the local hospital.
Harvest Against Hunger Program
Thanks to an agreement with Rotary First Harvest, a nonprofit sponsored by Rotary District 5030, the Hunger Coalition has had three AmeriCorps VISTAs, Lindsey Edmunds, Matt Morse and now Bree Schrofe assisting with: Plant-A-Row Campaign, fall gleaning, Farm to Food Pantry Purchase Program that links farmers to food banks and schools.
The NEW Hunger Coalition is growing the awareness of the problem of hunger in Stevens County by:
- Marketing through the development of a logo as well as a websi(expected to launch in mid-November 2013) – provides a web page/link for every food bank and partner with information regarding volunteer opportunities, resources, and how to donate;
- The “Plant a Row” initiative
- Staffing a “NEW Hunger Coalition” booth at the Stevens County Fair;
- NW Harvest’s annual report, the recognition of Kettle Falls and the needs of its communities
- News articles
- Community presentations: Slow Foods group, Rotary X 2, Meyer Falls Market Harvest Celebration and Church groups
Awards and Recognition
The NEW Hunger Coalition is developing recognition by the larger community:
- Joined the Washington Food Coalition
- Received “2013 Mission Leadership Honorable Mention” by Providence Health Care;
- NACC Vision, Vol. 23, No. 1, January/February 2013, “Outreach into Community: Creating Collaboration…,” the development of the Hunger Coalition as best practice.
- Nomination of NEW Hunger Coalition President for the 2013 Sister Peter Claver Humanitarian Award.