March Foothills Food Access Update
Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Community Members;
Spring has arrived in the Foothills! Along with the warm weather and cherry blossoms, a lot of great action is happening in our region to promote access to healthy foods. We are thrilled to announce so many fantastic projects and opportunities to get involved!
Food $ense at the Mobile Food Pantry
A big welcome and heartfelt thank you to WSU Whatcom Extension's Food $ense program for providing cooking demonstrations at the Food Lifeline Mobile Food Pantry in February! This was only the first of many Food $ense demonstrations at the Mobile Food Pantry, which will help teach Pantry customers how to prepare healthy meals with the food they receive.
Check out the full blog post featured on Food Lifeline's Front Burner Blog or contact Lee Anne Riddle, Food $ense Coordinator, at email@example.com for more information.
Spring Pantry Program
We are now collecting donations of healthy, kid-friendly, non-perishable food for the 2016 Spring Pantry! Donations will be collected until March 28th.
Donation bins can be found at the following locations:
Milano’s Restaurant • Crossroads Grocery Store • Dodson’s IGA North Fork Library • Deming Library • Everybody’s Store • Acme General Store • East Whatcom Regional Resource Center (EWRRC) • Rome Grocery
A huge thank you to the Whatcom Community Foundation, Industrial Credit Union, Coltan and Taylor Lentz, and our other Foothills community members for their generous support of the Winter and Spring Pantry Program! It is because of your donations that we are able to do our part to prevent hunger over Winter and Spring breaks for over 200 kids in the Mount Baker School District! You rock!
For more information, including our donation "wish list," please visit the Pantry program web page or contact Program Coordinator, Jennie Ablondi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations from the 2015 Winter Pantry
Free Community Workshops and Other Opportunities from Local Food Works!
Foothills-based food access organization, Local Food Works!, is hosting a series of events and workshops that focus on self-reliance and sustainable living, including:
In addition, Local Food Works! is partnering with the Foothills Food Bank and Mount Baker High School to grow vegetable starts and provide "liberty garden" seed kits for distribution to food bank customers later this Spring.
- Foothills Seed Exchange, Saturday, March 5th at 4pm at the Van Zandt Community Hall: free seeds, discussions with experienced gardeners, and community potluck to follow
- 'Grow Your Own' Workshops, Saturday, March 19th from 10:30am-3:30pm at the Deming Library: workshops are 'Herbs for Family Health' with Linda Quintana (10:30am), 'Meat Birds 101' with Anna Martin from Osprey Hill Farm (12:30pm), and 'Mason Bees Alternative Pollinators' with Kelly Sunter from Blaine Community Orchards for Resources and Education (2pm).
For more information, please contact Marjie Bell at email@example.com. Thanks for all you do, Local Food Works!
Kendall Youth-Run Farm Stand
Common Threads' Kendall Youth-Run Farm Stand will be up and running starting on Wednesday, April 20th! 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 Wednesday from 3-5pm from April 20th through June 8th.
The Farm Stand accepts SNAP/EBT/Food Stamps and will provide an EBT-match of up to $10 for every SNAP dollar spent, meaning if you spend $10 in SNAP you can receive up to $20 worth of fresh produce! This season, the Farm Stand will feature organic produce from Foothills-based Grateful Bounty Farm. For more information, please contact Eric Bablinskas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students running the Farm Stand during the 2015 season.
Plans to construct a second building at the EWRRC to house the Foothills Food Bank are still underway. Two charrettes were held at the start of February to get community input on the design of the building, including the layout and features of the new food bank. A huge thank you to Environmental Works for their great work and community engagement!
The Opportunity Council and Foothills Food Bank are currently fundraising for the remaining amount needed to construct this building. For more information, please contact Cheryl Thompson at email@example.com or Jessica Bee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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