September Food Access Update
Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Community Members;
Fall is here, and with the changing of the season, here's what's happening with healthy food access in the Foothills.
EWRRC Expansion Update
In May, the Opportunity Council and the Foothills Food Bank worked with the Whatcom County Executive's office to submit a Community Development Block Grant proposal to help fund a second building at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center. We are thrilled to announce that Whatcom County received funding for this project, which will provide a permanent home for the Foothills Food Bank. Stay tuned for more updates soon.
Whatcom Farm-to-School Funding Opportunity
Whatcom Farm-to-School, with support from the Whatcom Community Foundation, has announced a funding opportunity to support the design of school kitchens and cafeterias to promote healthy eating and serve more fresh, local food. Letters of Interest are due October 1st and grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded by November 17th, 2015. Please visit the Whatcom Farm-to-School website or contact Mardi Solomon for more information.
East Whatcom Photovoice Project
The opening exhibition events for the East Whatcom Photovoice Project are taking place on Saturday, October 10th from 10:30-noon at the EWRRC and on Tuesday, October 13th from 6-7pm at the Bellingham Food Bank. The Photovoice Project features the work of four local photographers, who have captured images of hunger. Please RSVP here if you plan on attending one of the events. The FCFP will be tabling at the events, so be sure to stop by and say hello to our volunteers! For questions, please contact Katharine Ryan or Leah Wood.
Kendall Youth-Run Farm Stand
Common Threads' Youth-Run Market Stand is now up and running! This project brings together local kids and teaches them about nutrition, food production, and our local agriculture economy while bringing more fresh produce to the Kendall area. The Market Stand will be at Kendall Elementary every Monday from 3-5pm through the end of October. The Market Stand accepts SNAP/EBT/Food Stamps and will provide an EBT-match of up to $10 for every SNAP dollar spent. This project was made possible with funding from the Jansen Family Foundation, who has agreed to provide ongoing support by matching any donations made to the Market Stand. For more information, please contact Laura Plaut, Executive Director of Common Threads, or AmeriCorps Food Educator, Eric Bablinskas.
If you have updates or ideas to share, or want to be involved in any of the projects listed in the Foothills Food Access Plan, please contact us at email@example.com or call Leah Wood, FCFP Coordinator, at 360-778-6128.
Thank you for your passion and dedication to improving healthy food access in the Foothills Community!
Foothills Community Food Partnership