Our Food Bank collects, stores, sorts and distributes over 10,000 meals each day to food pantries across five counties including Walla Walla, Franklin, Columbia, Garfield and Asotin.
In response to COVID-19 and the growing need, BMAC is offering continued drive through mobile food giveaways. See the full schedule here.
Many people who qualify for Basic Food are not yet signed up to receive benefits. It's easy to find out if you're eligible. We have dedicated staff who strive to make the enrollment process as hassle‐free as possible. There is online registration as well as a phone option.
For more information, call our food bank at 5095293561.
Follow these links for Basic Food Information and Basic Food Eligibility Calculator.
Once a month, on the third Thursday from 1pm-4pm, 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.
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 partners at the Whitman Glean team work with farms to glean 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.
Getting fresh produce into the emergency food system is an increasingly important part of hunger-relief efforts in communities across Washington. BMAC is partnered with Rotary First Harvest and the Washington Department of Agriculture (WSDA) in a collaborative effort to bring local produce to those in need through “Farm to Food Pantry.” This program allows BMAC to purchase fresh produce directly from local small farms, including Frog Hollow Farm, Hayshaker Farm, R&R Produce, and Welcome Table Farm. In the first year, these contracted farms supplied BMAC with cherries, apricots, peaches, lettuce, chard, radish, beans, mixed veggies, garlic, corn, potatoes, cabbage, beets, carrots, rutabaga, zucchini, cucumber, and more. These foods were distributed through BMACʼs food pantry network to people in need in our communities.
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.”
Currently, one-third of the population we serve is under the age of 18 and one in five of them aren’t getting enough food over the weekend. We work with community partners and schools to identify the gaps and provide elementary school children with weekend meal bags to get them fed over the weekends and long breaks.