Food Assistance
Blue Mountain Action Council is a local nonprofit serving neighbors in Southeast Washington who are experiencing poverty. We provide opportunities for individuals and families to achieve greater levels of strength, independence, and self-sufficiency.
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Gathering Hope For The Hungry

Weekly Mobile Food Drive Thru Distributions

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Senior Food (CSFP)

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.

2021 Dates

  • May 20
  • June 17
  • July 15
  • August 18
  • September 16
  • October 21
  • November 18
  • December 16

Basic Food - EBT ("Food Stamps")

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.

Farm to Food Pantry

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.”

How the program helps our whole community

Backpack Bridge

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.

Food Waste Reduction

We rescue over 300,000 pounds of food each year from grocery stores, farms and gardens. Here’s how we do it!

  • Each week, our team makes rounds at local grocery stores, rescuing food that may otherwise have been thrown away. We take that food and get it into the homes of neighbors.
  • Gleaning! Our gleaning partners work with farms to pick their excess produce that sometimes would die on the vine. We include that fresh produce in food boxes and deliver it to local food pantries.
  • We encourage neighbors to donate extra produce from their gardens and often take it to residents at our housing properties.

General Distribution

Our Food Bank collects, stores, sorts and distributes over 4,000 meals each day to food pantries across five counties:

Walla Walla Resources

The Pantry Shelf
325 South 1st Avenue - Call for hours, 509-526-4169

St. Vincent de Paul
308 West Main Street - Call for hours, 509-525-3903

The Salvation Army
827 West Alder Street - Call for hours, 509-529-9470

Resources in Franklin, Columbia, Garfield, and Asotin counties

Waitsburg Resource Center
106 Preston Avenue, Waitsburg
Call for hours - 509-337-6589 or 509-629-2988

Community Food Bank of Dayton
111 South First Street, Dayton
Call for hours, 509-382-2322 or 509-382-2137

Garfield County Food Bank
865 West Main Street, Pomeroy
Call for hours, 509-843-3563

Asotin Food Bank
1546 Maple Street, Clarkston
Call for hours, 509-758-7085

Need food now? Our friends at Helpline may be able to provide you with an emergency food voucher.

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