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.