Gathering Hope For The Hungry
On the third Thursday of each month we distribute several hundred food boxes to seniors 60+ who are on a fixed income and program eligible. The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) food distribution is held on the third Thursday of each month at our Food Bank.
Applications for CSFP are available at the main office, or the Food Bank. For more information about this federally‐supplied program, visit USDA Commodity Supplemental Food Program.
Many people who qualify for Basic Food including seniors and students are not yet signed up to receive benefits. Its easy to find out if you're eligible. We have dedicated staff who make the enrollment process hassle‐free and simple.
For more information, call our food bank at 509-529-3561.
This program fosters support from the WSDA and community members so that the food bank can purchase produce from local farmers, helping sustain local agriculture while increasing fresh produce intake for our clients.
According to Rotary First Harvest, “purchasing directly from a local farmer will increase the availability of local crops while improving access to healthier food choices for families and individuals in need. Buying produce directly from the farmers also dramatically strengthens the bond between farmer and food bank. Our experience has shown that if a farmer has a strong relationship with a local food bank they are significantly more inclined to make additional produce donations.”
The statistics speak for themselves. 1 in 5 Walla Walla Elementary School Children go hungry over the weekend and 1/3 of our clients are under the age of 18.
Children who face very low food security are more likely to report 4 or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) leading to lifelong struggles with emotional, physical and spiritual health. Reports of physical and emotional abuse are shown to be significantly associated with very low food security. These children have lower test scores and poorer comprehension of basic reading and math skills. They are often labeled as 'troubled' as they frequently are plagued by lack of attention, outbursts, and hyperactivity. They have stunted growth, higher rates of acute and chronic illnesses, much higher rates of obesity and type-2 diabetes, as well as cavities and weak enamel.
The backpack bridge was created to provide a bridge from the meals kids received from school to the end of the weekend. Each bag supplies a child with two breakfasts, two lunches and two snacks to help keep them fed over the weekends.
We rescue over 300,000 pounds of food each year from grocery stores, farms and gardens. Here’s how we do it!
Our Food Bank collects, stores, sorts and distributes over 4,000 meals each day to food pantries across five counties:
Need food now? Our friends at Helpline may be able to provide you with an emergency food voucher.