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The school year is ending but food access work is ramping up with the start of the growing season. Opportunities abound!
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June Food Access Update

Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Community Members;

The end of the 2015-2016 school year is nigh. Along with the transformation into warmer summer days comes many food related events, programs, and volunteer opportunities that we are want to share with everyone.

Kendall Elementary Plant Sale & Fresh Market

The final day of the Youth run Spring Market is this week on Wednesday the 8th from 3 - 5 pm. The vegetables for sale at the market are provided from a combination of student grown crops and local farmers. They hope to return next year with a fall market.

Kendall Elementary is having a plant sale on Friday June 10th, from 9 to 4. They will be selling veggie starts, perennials, shrubs, Japanese maples, and seeds. All proceeds go towards maintaining and improving the School Food and Garden education program. 

Grow a row for the food bank

Do you want to help fight hunger in the Foothills region? Do you have a home garden? If so then think about planting an additional row for the Foothills Food Bank.

Bring your home-grown bounty to Saint Peter's Church on Tuesday mornings between 7:45-8:30am and it'll get distributed to hungry families that day. If you can't make it to the donation time  call Marjie at 360-927-3671 to schedule a pick up.

The FFB is interested in any fresh produce that they can get for their patrons, but here is a list of veggies that are easy to transport and store without damage:

  • Tomatoes (slightly underripe)
  • Green Beans
  • Squash (winter, summer, or zucchini)
  • Garlic and onions
  • Peppers (hot, sweet, and bell)
  • Potatoes

Summer Meal Program

Mt Baker School District will be hosting the USDA Summer Meal Program once again this year. The Meals are free to everyone  ages 1 - 18. 

Times and Locations are:

Monday - Thursday 6/22 - 7/28 (no service July 4th or 5th)

Location 1: JR/SR High school at 4936 Deming Road

  • Breakfast is from 8:45 to 9am
  • Lunch is from 11:20 to 11:50pm

Location 2: EWRRC at 8251 Kendall Rd, Maple Falls

  • Breakfast is from 9 to 9:15am
  • Lunch is from 12 to 12:30pm

The meals at the EWRRC are part of the Kids Dayz of Summer drop-off program at the center. Children 5 years of age and up are invited to be dropped off at the center. Children under 5 years are welcomed with an adult. The USDA meals are provided along with fun and educational activities from 9 to 12:30. There will be no program on the 4th and 5th of July.

The EWRRC program gets its meals delivered from the other location so they do request that if a child is attending that they RSVP so that they can be sure to have enough food. RSVP by calling at 360-599-3944 or stopping by the EWRRC.

Twin Sister Farmers Market

The Twin Sisters Farmers Market started their second season this past weekend.

Please support your local beginning farmers by purchasing your produce from one of their two locations Saturdays June through October.
 

Nugents Corner 
(IGA parking lot)
 9am to 3pm

Kendall/ Maple Falls 
(EWRRC)
10am to 2pm

The Twin Sisters Mobile Market took an important step this year and joined with the Fresh Bucks program. This program enables people that are using SNAP/EBT to purchase up to $20 a day in fresh produce and only pay $10. 

Volunteer Opportunities       

The Kendall School Garden is looking for volunteers to help harvest and keep up with the watering schedule in exchange for harvested produce and/ or growing space. Community members are always welcome to take part in helping this garden grow and thrive. If interested contact Andrea Schmidt at jreyschmidt@yahoo,com. .

The Foothills Food Bank needs volunteers. Some of the positions available are:

Leadership/ Coordinator

  • Food Distribution
  • Entry intake
  • Grocery to car assistance

If interested in these positions or the many others available please contact the food bank through their website at http://www.foothillsfoodbank.org or call Becky Zender at 360-927-3724.

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 foothillsfoodpartnership@gmail.com or call Cheryl Thompson, FCFP Chair, at 360-303-0420..

 

Thank you for your passion and dedication to improving healthy food access in the Foothills Community!

 

Sincerely,

 

Foothills Community Food Partnership

Important Dates
 
6/8 - Youth Run Fresh Market at Kendall Elementary 3:00-5:00 pm
 
6/9 - Farm Trivia Twin Sisters Fundraiser at Aslan Brewery 6:00-9:00 pm
 
6/10 - Kendall Elementary Plant Sale 9am - 4 pm
 
6/11 - Mobile Food Pantry at the EWRRC 11:30 - 12:30 pm
 
6/18 - Twin Sisters crowdfunding campaign deadline
 
6/22 - 7/28 - Summer Meals 
 
JR/SR Highschool
Breakfast
8:45 - 9:00
Lunch
11:20 - 11:50

 
EWRRC
Kids Dayz Program  
9:00 -12:30
Breakfast
9:00-9:15
Lunch
12 - 12:30
Ongoing & Seasonal Dates
 
Every Tuesday - Foothills Food Bank Distribution at St Peters from 9:00 to 11:30pm

Every Saturday June - Oct. - Twin Sisters Mobile Farmers market
  • Nugents Corner
    • 9 - 3:00
  • EWRRC
    • 10 - 2:00
Check out the Kendall school garden to see how they’ve beautified their space! Students and community members wrote haikus, and the poems were placed on flags that now hang in the school’s garden. Keep an eye out for the haiku drive next year so you can share your poem too!

Both the USDA Summer Meals and the Kids Dayz of Summer are important programs that rely on high participation to keep going so please spread the word to your family, friends, and neighbors!

Fundraising event for the Twin Sisters Farmers Market!

The Twin Sisters Mobile market is running a crowd funding request for the installation of a permanent roof on their mobile market trailer. There are less than two weeks left and they are currently at 18% of their goal.  

If you want to donate or just check out their video then go to their indiegogo page here: 
https://igg.me/at/twinsistersmarket/x

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