Each year, the Washington Food Coalition hosts its annual conference, an event that brings together folks fighting hunger from all over Washington State. Attendees will have the opportunity to develop new relationships and projects through collaboration, share information about tools and resources, hear about new and innovative programs and services, and network with others who share in their commitment to alleviate hunger. 

The conference will feature a mix of keynote, breakout and networking sessions. A conference guide detailing these opportunities will be distributed in August 2015. The event provides an experience that is both informative and fun! Come join us as we share ideas, learn together, and find practical solutions to common problems:

Early Bird Registration ends September 15th, 2015

Final Registration Deadline: September 22, 2015 after September 22nd, registration will be taken on-site at the event.




Local tours are optional and are offered to conference attendees. Transportation is arranged on-site with attendees' caravanning and carpooling.

Tour Option 1 ($5)

1:30-3:30 | Mighty Tieton and Highland Food Bank ($5 on-site fee for Mighty Tieton tour)

3:30-5:30 | Wilridge and Naches Heights Winery ($5 on-site tasting fee, waived if you purchase wine)

Tour group 1 will leave the convention center at 1:30 for the drive to Tieton, located 15 miles west of Yakima.  At 2:00, the group will have a guided tour of Mighty Tieton, including visits to Tieton Mosaic (cut glass mosaic signage), Goathead Press (plate & block printing), Paper Hammer (silkscreen and letterpress), Mighty Tieton Productions (laser cutting) and Mighty Tieton Construction (wood & metal shop). They will also open their two galleries: the Trimpin Sound Space (kinetic sound sculpture) and the 10x10x10xTieton exhibition (over 150 small works). The cost of the tour is $5.00 per person. 


At approximately 3:00 the group will take a tour of the Highland Food Bank in Tieton given by their manager. At approximately 3:20, the group will leave Tieton and stop by the tasting rooms of Wilridge Winery and Naches Heights Vineyard.  

These wineries are in the heart of the Naches Heights American Viticultural Area (AVA) with its unique soil and growing conditions, established in January, 2012.

Tasting fees are waived for attendees with their WFC Conference badges.




Tour Option 2 (Optional spending on walking tour)

1:30-3:00 | Northwest Harvest and Yakima Rotary Food Bank

3:30-5:30 | Self Guided Walking Tour of Downtown Yakima Beer and Wine

Tour group 2 will leave the convention center at 1:30 for local Yakima tours.  Tour leaders will be Lisa Hall of Northwest Harvest and Earl Hall of Yakima Rotary Food Bank. The first stop will be a tour of the Yakima warehouse of Northwest Harvest, given by Lisa Hall, Warehouse Manager.  From there, it is a short trip to the Yakima Rotary Food Bank, reconstructed in 2014, given by Earl Hall, Treasurer.  The end will be a self-guided tour of Downtown Yakima's brewery and wine scene. Directions will be printed and distributed and participants can pick their destinations.  Most facilities have tasting fees that are waived upon purchase.  





Tour Option 3 ($13 on-site fair entrance fee)

1:30-5:30 | Central Washington State Fair

Tour group 3 will spend a day at the Central Washington State Fair! See the top agricultural masterpieces and crafts of the folks of Central Washington. There are also rides, games and shopping to be had! 



Keynote focus: LA Kitchen experience; a springboard to discuss turbulence, change, adaptability, innovation; social enterprise, job creation; teaser for workshop; space for Q&A;Welcoming Young and Old to Keep Your Mission BOLD: As Washington state, and the rest of America ages, how can your organization tap into the life experiences of the Baby Boom generation, while also welcoming new ideas from a generation raised doing service--the Millennial's? Join Robert Egger for a discussion about what are the issues that unite the generations, and how can each contribute to the vitality, innovation and financial strength of your organization.  

Breakout: Overarching focus on generational shift, aging population, engaging millennials. From Service to Empowerment: Is your program ready to move past serving meals and providing services, to creating jobs and / or promoting policies that will address some of the root causes of hunger? Join Robert Egger and learn from a proven social entrepreneur, social activist and longtime advocate for change.


Keynote focus: Mobilizing Resources To Create Impact

Each of you works tirelessly to attempt to move the needle and help feed your communities.  There are huge obstacles you face including funding, logistics, community engagement, staff retention, and a slew of others that make your day far more difficult than it needs to be. What you need, what we all need, is help. Fortunately, there are resources all around us!  The goal is not to get help from an individual or company one time, but how do we change the way people and companies think and act?  How do we change processes to help us meet our mission and will sustain over time?  If our goal is to truly help meet the growing need of those who are struggling with food insecurity, then we need to take a step back and look at the resources around us in order to move forward.

 Breakout:  Adam will take the experience related in the keynote and translates it into a “how to” exercise for participants. This workshop is about identifying the resources that exist in your community and putting them to work in a way that creates value for all parties.  This workshop is NOT about asking for a donation or a handout.  Doing good is good for business.  Your job is to provide your newly found community partners an easy avenue to take action, and get their customers to take action, while also providing them with a simple way to tell the story of their impact.  Together, we'll explore the challenges that must be met, identify community stakeholders, and determine the best processes and recognition methods for them to sustain the test of time.




Back by popular demand!

We are once again offering our Non-Profit Basics Track as well the Food Bank Certification Course plus many new workshops: 

Cooking with donated food from ​Meal ​​programs & Food Banks

Expanding Fresh Produce for your clients

Using Lean Model Practices in Your Food Bank – Kaizen

Basic Food Outreach and Food Connector with DSHS & 2-1-1

Communication Technology Skill Building: Doodle Poll, Go to Meeting, Web X & Skype

Presentation Technology Skill Building: Power​P​oint and Prezi

Succession Planning for staff​ & boards

Sound bites - Using stats in storytelling to funders and Community

​Organizing to optimize healthy food selections at your food bank​

Forming local coalitions & ​Coalition best practices

Diverting food waste & unique Food Recovery Programs

Healthier Food Options Report:​ Update & How to

​Client/​Consumer surveys and evaluation of data- Google Forms

Film Festival

Advocacy training/talking to elected official

​PLUS More! 

Each of the keynote speakers will also have special sessions that they lead or participate in. Sessions are detailed above.

CLICK HERE to download the Conference Schedule overview




A light refreshment will be served on Wednesday evening at the evening reception.

Thursday will feature breakfast and lunch on-sight, and a special trip to Le Chateau (pictured right) for dinner.

Breakfast and lunch will be served on site on Friday.



In the registration conference attendees can communicate which meals they will attend, and provide any dietary needs. 

Additional meals are $25 per meal per plate and can be paid for through registration. 





Yakima Convention Center

10 North 8th St 

Yakima, WA 98901-2515 


Click here for directions to the conference center



80 rooms available at the Red Lion Yakima until September 15th, 2015

607 East Yakima Avenue

Yakima, Washington 98901

(Connected to convention center)

1-person=$83 & 2-person=$103 

Reservations: Call (509) 248-5900 



30 rooms at the Holiday Inn Yakima until August 30th, 2015

802 East Yakima Avenue

Yakima, WA 98901

Rates for September 29th-31st
1-person=$83 & 2-person=$103 
Rates for October 1st
1-person=$89 & 2-person=$109

Reservations: Call (509) 494-7000

Reserve Online




Our conference sponsors allow us to put on an extraordinary event while keeping costs manageable for hunger fighters on tight budgets. Sponsors also receive numerous benefits and promotion opportunities.

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