CREATING A COMMUNITY WITHOUT HUNGER.
The N.E.W. Hunger Coalition is the collaborative network of all the groups and individuals that are working to solve the problem of hunger throughout Northeastern Washington. Our partnerships and our capacity building allow the Coalition and its members to make a bigger impact than any one group could ever do alone.
“Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is a process and working together is success."
- Henry Ford
Quick Case Study
Our Core Services
Each month Northwest Harvest donates a truck full of extra produce to The Hunger Coalition. This produce is then distributed to local food banks, no small task, only possible through the dedication and resources available by Anita Sailor and Rural Resources. To date these organizations and individuals have made it possible to deliver 99,955 pounds of fresh produce to hungry families!
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A message for our sponsors
We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all who have supported our work. Through your extreme generosity, we are able to continue our food service programs year after year. Your commitment to our community is sincerely appreciated.
If you would like to be highlighted as one of our sponsors, reach out below to start that conversation.
Get involved in small or big ways to help us solve hunger in our communities.
Volunteers are the backbone of the N.E.W. Hunger Coalition. Most of our food banks are entirely volunteer run, so you can start where you live.
Serve at your local food pantry by unloading and bagging food or helping people connect with the resources they need. Contact any one of them by going clicking on their link from the dropdown navigation on this 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:
- Plant-A-Row for your food bank
Grow a little extra or share your extra garden produce by donating to your local food bank.
- Pick up and deliver local produce to our member food pantries with our CoolPup Trailers.
- Fundraising at one of our events doing anything from being on an event planning committee to taking tickets at door of our annual Gala.
- Share your skill set with others by teaching a class – gardening, cooking, preservation, shopping and budgeting for healthy food.
- 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.
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!
- Offer products (building materials, plumbing fixtures, or commercial refrigeration fixtures)
- Offer professional services (plumbing and electrical services, flooring installation, or computer and IT support)
Does your school or class need a fundraising project?
Would your school or class like to plant and grow food for your food bank?
Contact Us to learn more
We would love to help you find the best way to contribute your talents and time to help solve hunger in our communities.
The N.E.W. Hunger Coalition is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization of 16 food banks and nine community partners in rural Northeast Washington are working towards stabalizing and strengthening the emergency food system while working to address the root causes of hunger in our communities.
The N.E.W. Hunger Coalition is working together to end hunger in Northeast Washington.
Today we are working to stabilize emergency food distribution while simultaneously working to address the root causes of hunger at a more sustainable and deeper level. Some of the issues being addressed:
- little access to healthy produce and fruit
- unhealthy eating habits
- lack of gardening, cooking, and food preservation skills
- how to budget or shop for healthy food
- availability of unhealthy food in our schools and communities
The Hunger Coalition was originally convened by Bob Campbell, Chief Executive of Providence Health Care Stevens County (PHCSC) and Michele Sakurai, Manager of Pastoral Care and Mission (PHCSC) in Colville Washington.
They were concerned by the many health related issues of hunger showing up dramatically in the medical system and wanted to do something to address hunger.
The first meeting of the Hunger Coalition was in September 2011. Members have been meeting monthly since then at Mt. Carmel Hospital in Colville WA.
Several entities work together to make this coalition work. Hover over each slice of the apple to learn more about how we all work together.
The benefits of working collaboratively include:
- Shared Resources
Click on each slice of the apple to learn more about how we all work together.
Board of Directors
Sherry Vokoun, Board President, Chewelah Food Bank
David Keeley, Vice President, Kettle Falls Food Bank
Patricia Reneman, Board Treasurer, Kettle Falls Food Bank
Lori Truitt, Board Secretary, Community Member
Karen Myers, 2nd Vice President, Community Member
Ann Fackenthall, Tum Tum Food Bank
Aja Bridge, Rural Resources Community Action
Mary Selecky, Providence Health Care Board
Ron Rehn, Providence Health Care - Stevens County
Shannon Rowley, WSU Extension, Stevens County
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.
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.
Dr. Michele Le Doux Sakurai, Interim Executive Director
Michele managed 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 managed policies, monitored the budget and was the Board liaison to the general members and co-facilitates the monthly member meetings.
Gael Treesiwin, was one of the early 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.
Past Board Members:
Pam Borders, served as our Secretary for the first seven (formative) years. She was an employee of Providence Mount Carmel Hospital managing all of the hospitals outside vendor contracts and is assistant to program staff.
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.
Lloyd Ward served as our Treasurer for the first seven (formative) years. Lloyd retired to Colville, Washington in 1993 from a military career. He is actively involved in helping solve hunger, employment for youth and support for our Veterans.
Past AmeriCorps/VISTA Volunteers:
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.
The partnerships that keep the N.E.W. Hunger Coalition operating are the community’s real heroes. We would like to thank the following business and organizations that make us what we are. We are truly fortunate to be partnering with such generous and caring organizations.
Providence Health Care System is not only a vital partner, they are the founders of The Hunger Coalition. Bob Campbell, former Chief Executive and Michele Sakurai, Manager of Pastoral Care of Providence Health Care Stevens County identified hunger as one of the leading issues in the county. With the desire to find the gaps of services, fourteen of the leading organizations in food distribution were brought together for the first time to discuss the challenges they face. What resulted was the founding of The Hunger Coalition in September 2011. Today we are uniting fourteen food banks and thirteen organizations working to promote a healthier and more sustainable community.
It all began with a single observation and the desire to change it: “I believe hunger is one of our greatest needs in Stevens County.” - Bob Campbell
The outcome of this statement: NEW Hunger Coalition Formation
Northwest Harvest is Washington’s own statewide hunger relief agency. Our mission is to provide nutritious food to hungry people statewide in a manner that respects their dignity, while fighting to eliminate hunger. Our vision is that ample nutritious food is available to everyone in Washington State.
Second Harvest, founded in 1971, leads a network of 250 neighborhood food banks and meal centers throughout Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Second Harvest provides 1.7 million pounds of donated food each month to help feed hungry people.
Statewide & REgional Partners
- Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA)
- Catholic Charities – Food For All program
- US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- Washington Nonprofits
- LINC Foods, a Local Inland Northwest Cooperative
- Washington Food Coalition