COLVILLE FOOD BANK
(Volunteer Food and Resource Center)
S. Wynne St, Colville, WA
509 684-2971 xx
Business hours: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Tuesday – Friday
About the Colville Food Bank
The Colville Food Bank has been incorporated and operating since 1983.
In addition to providing a healthy monthly food box, VFRC staff and volunteers:
Coordinate appropriate referrals and resolve household emergencies. Administer The Salvation Army’s voucher program for emergencies and disaster. Recruit, enroll 8-12 year ages for summer camp each year. Provide back packs and school supplies donated by community members. Assist the community with the Tree of Sharing Program (Christmas gifts for children). Provide job training for youth and adult volunteers. Conduct two very successful annual fundraisers, one in May and the other in September.
Each month we provide healthy food boxes to an average of 1,036 individuals (400+ families). In 2014 we served approx. 3,000 unduplicated individuals at least once. 10% were new customers. We received and distributed 279,675 pounds of food (140 tons) last year. In addition to a well rounded food box, in 2014, 150 households received emergency financial help with: utilities which prevented shut-off; eviction rent assistance which resulted in not losing their home; emergency prescription costs, emergency gasoline, and senior and infant needs. Our successful volunteer program consists of an average of 20 part-time, full-time and on call members. We have several volunteer drivers available for food pick up, unloading and receiving. Other volunteers repack bulk food items, stock shelves, and assist customers. 50 or more volunteers assist with two yearly fundraising events held in spring and fall. We recorded 3,341 volunteer hours during 2014. VFRC is an active member of Faith Community Resources, a Christian group of local church leaders and others dedicated to helping our needy citizens with household emergencies. This group also provides a community (free) Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving Day each year. Our customers are living at or below the poverty level. 50% are children, 15% are senior citizens, the remaining 35% are adults. They are a mix of single parents, senior citizens on fixed incomes, mentally or physically disabled, unemployed, working part-time trying to support families, working full-time at minimum wage, homeless, and immigrants. Colville Food Bank is supported by food and monetary donations from individuals, businesses, organizations, and fund raising activities. Only 5% of our funding is provided by EFAP (Emergency Food Assistance Program/FEMA).
Providence Mt. Carmel Hospital, American West Bank, Wal-Mart, Safeway, Super One Foods, Second Harvest Food Bank, NW Harvest, Terry’s Dairy, Dollar Tree store, Rural Resources Food Warehouse, AVISTA Cares Program, The Salvation Army, Immaculate Conception Parish, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Colville Community Church, St. John Episcopal Church, United Church of Christ, United Way, Washington Dental, Busch Distributors, Ray’s Custom Cutting, Gallo Meats, US Postal Service, Boy Scouts, numerous small businesses, organizations and individuals.