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Members – currently 25 members and growing

Colville Food Bank Northport Food Bank WSU Stevens County Extension
Loon Lake Food Bank Ione Food Bank The Center – A Place for Youth
Hunters Food Bank Cusick Food Bank Libraries of Stevens County
Kettle Falls Food Bank Orient Food Bank Providence of Stevens County
Ford Food Pantry Feeding on the Spot UMC/Ministerial Association
Tum Tum Food Bank Kids Program (Summer Lunch) County Commissioners
Addy Rescue Rural Resources School Districts
Valley Food BankBethel Ministries Dept. of Social and Health Services Tri-County Health District

A Success Story

“The meeting table at our monthly meetings is always full and members bring new people each time.  It is amazing what we have accomplished in only 1 year!” Sarah Nelson, Director of the Loon Lake Food Bank Resource Center

Our Accomplishments

 

Needs Assessment: Identification of gaps and unmet needs in Stevens County including: more fresh produce and protein, need for 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, need for infrastructure repairs on food bank buildings (bad wiring, archaic computers, insufficient space), and need for sustainable funding.

Improvement of relationships with major food suppliers to Stevens County food programs; 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.

$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

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;

  • Partnership with TriCounty Health for free flu vaccines in 2011 and 2012 and 2014
  • 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.

Expanding member skill sets; Due to the partnership with WSU Extension Service, the members of the NEW Hunger Coalition have expanded skill sets of participating members. These include:

  • 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)

Harvest Against Hunger Program initiated.  Thanks to an agreement with Rotary First Harvest, a nonprofit sponsored by Rotary District 5030, the Hunger Coalition has an AmeriCorps VISTA, Lindsey Edmunds, serving with us to launch our program which will include:  Plant-A-Row Campaign, fall gleaning, a program to pilot paying local farmers to grow food for our food programs, and Grower’s Round Tables to explore ways to link farmers to food banks and schools and community gardens to food banks and other food programs.

Public Outreach:  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 website www.newhungercoalition.org (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

Collaboration of food banks and food nutrition and education programs  through the NEW Hunger Coalition has had significant results including:

  • Moving food banks from a sense of competition to collaboration
  • Food banks sharing ideas and stories at every monthly meeting
  • Shared strategic planning and problem-solving
  • Developing a shared calendar that informs all food banks/partners of food banks’ hours/delivery schedules and events
  • Expanding vision to include creating an effective pilot for a children’s summer food program (that seeks to tie education with food distribution);
  • Established/successful food banks mentoring fledgling/new food banks

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.