November Food Access Update
Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Community Members;
The days are getting shorter and the holidays are approaching. This year, we're giving thanks for the incredible community support we've received to promote healthy food access in the Foothills. Here's an update on what's been happening lately.
Winter and Spring Pantry
It's almost time to start collecting donations for the Winter and Spring Pantry Program, which supplies extra food over Winter and Spring breaks for low-income elementary school students in the Mount Baker School District over school breaks. We are pleased to announce that this year's program will be expanding to include Harmony Elementary, in addition to Kendall and Acme Elementary Schools. The Program is coordinated by the Foothills Food Bank and the Mt. Baker School District, and is generously supported by a grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation.
The public can help out by donating non-perishable, nutritious foods that kids can prepare themselves. Collection bins will be set up in mid-November at locations across East County. Local businesses and individuals can also get involved by underwriting Program expenses or by donating perishable items, which will be collected close to the distribution date of December 18th. Please visit the Winter and Spring Pantry Program web page for donation bin locations and a donation item wish list.
For more information, please contact Jennie Ablondi, Winter and Spring Pantry Program Coordinator, at 599-9245. To find out more about the Foothills Food Bank, please visit the food bank website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
EWRRC Expansion Update
The Foothills Food Bank and the Opportunity Council will be co-hosting a design charrette in January. The purpose of this charrette is to gather community input for the design of a second building at the EWRRC. This second building will provide a storage and distribution home for the Foothills Food Bank as well as housing other community services. Stay tuned for more information soon!
Twin Sisters Mobile Farmers Market
Twin Sisters Mobile Farmers Market wrapped up its first season of bringing fresh, locally-grown produce to the Foothills this Halloween. Plans are being made to build EBT/SNAP payment capacity and to eventually support the Fresh Bucks program, which provides an EBT-match towards fresh produce for SNAP users. For more information, please contact Market Coordinator Chris Elder at email@example.com or at 360-840-3064.
Thanks to everyone who has supported the Twin Sisters Mobile Farmers Market this season; we'll see you next year!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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