Story from the Union Bulletin, June 6th, 2018 
Written By: Annie Charnley Eveland

Commitment to Community Volunteers Help Distribute Food

Twenty-one residents from the Blue Ridge, Edith, Carrie and Washington Park neighborhoods volunteered to help bag, box and distribute food during Blue Mountain Action Council’s mobile food bank day on May 24, reported J. Andrew Rodriguez, director of Commitment to Community with BMAC.

C2C helped organize volunteers for the food distribution. Part of a total volunteer group of 37 for the event, they helped distribute 11,203 pounds of food valued at $18,709 to 349 households.

C2C works to build the capacity of these neighborhoods residents by developing leadership and advocacy skills and connecting residents to resources and services in the greater community.

“Volunteer projects like this one deepen social capital between and among the residents while serving the greater community,” J. Andrew said.

The next community food distribution at the BMAC food bank will be 4-6 p.m. July 26 in the parking lot at 921 W. Cherry St.

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We are so proud of our fearless leader and CEO, Kathy Covey!

Kathy was named Eastern Washingon University's Service Alum of 2018. Last week, she and her family traveled to Spokane to celebrate and accept this great honor.

As part of the award, EWU created a wonderful video that captures both the essence of Kathy's service and what her team works so hard for each and every day.

Watch Kathy's story.

The City of Walla Walla Government employees sacrificed their lunch-time for hungry school kids!

Thirty-three volunteers spent their lunch hour at our BMAC Food Bank building over 2,000 Backpack Bridge Bags that will be delivered to food insecure elementary Students in Walla Walla and Columbia Counties to bridge the weekend hunger gap.

Thank you for helping build a stronger community by feeding our future!

If you are interested in volunteering, call us at 509-529-3561. Read more about the Backpack Bridge here

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A meal bag is discreetly stuffed into student's backpacks each Friday and includes two breakfasts, two lunches and two snacks. Enough to bridge the weekend hunger gap.

Members of the Associated Veterinary Medical Center and the Exchange Club of Walla Walla volunteered part of their Saturday to building weekend meal backpacks for local elementary school children in need.

Last month, a group of nearly 40 built over 2,000 backpacks which were distributed to the elementary schools that are participants in our Backpack Bridge program. Our next community build is scheduled for May.

If you are interested in volunteering, call the BMAC Food Bank at 509-529-3561. Read more about the Backpack Bridge here.

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In celebration of AmeriCorps Week, we hope you’ll listen to this great interview!

Tune in to hear the latest on BMAC’s programs with our very own Cat Pond, Basic Food Outreach & AmeriCorps Director. Together, she and host, Jed Maynes, of My Columbia Basin’s Grapevine Podcast discussed the origin, reach and details of BMAC programs including basic food, AmeriCorps, SSVF (Supportive Services for Veteran Families) and more.

Cat shared some of the ways her team is focused on health education and instilling healthy behaviors within the community, pointing out that “The healthier a community is, the more prosperous it is”.

She goes on to discuss and destigmatize Basic Food Outreach benefits including SNAP/ EBT– formerly known as “food stamps”. In addition to details on signing up, Cat sheds some light on clever, more unknown ways to make SNAP benefits go further and promote healthier options.

Listen to the full interview here.


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