September 14-16th 2016 at the Wenatchee Convention Center!
Learn, Network, and Explore new Models and Innovations in Hunger Relief
Connect with Peers and Rekindle your Spirit
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Full Conference $139
One-day only $79
Guest Meal(s) $25*
WFC Reduced/Scholarship Rate: (for programs with extremely limited budgets)
Full Conference $109
One-day only $59
Guest Meal(s) $25*
Non-Member or Expired Members:
Full Conference $249
One-day only $149
Guest Meal(s) $25*
*Guest Meals are $25 each except for our Thursday Night BBQ, which is $35
For an overview conference schedule for this year, click here.
To download our full conference guide with session descriptions, click here
Announcing our Keynotes!
Lee I. Sherman is the President/CEO of the National Human Services Assembly (“National Assembly”). The National Assembly is a Washington, D.C. based association of over 75 of the largest national nonprofit human services organizations. Members and their affiliates and local service networks collectively touch nearly every household in America – as consumers, donors, volunteers, and staff. The mission of the National Assembly is to ensure that all people in the United States have the opportunity to fulfill their potential.
Building Well-Being: Creating a New Narrative for Human Services
Everyone should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Yet the health and human services sector is experiencing deep funding cuts and flat charitable giving that leave organizations ill-equipped to address the complex issues facing their communities. The important work of human services is simply not resonating with the public.
The National Human Services Assembly’s Reframing Initiative seeks to change that by building public understanding of the sector to encourage more vibrant civic participation and deepen support for effective programs. As part of this multi-year research project, the Assembly engaged the Frameworks Institute, a renowned nonprofit communications firm, to develop an evidence-based strategy for reframing the work of the sector.
In this keynote presentation, you will hear the findings from this groundbreaking research and learn how to help lead efforts to create a cohesive voice for human services. We will walk through a new and robust set of tools and resources that are free to the public and ready for you to use!
Merna Ann Hecht
Merna Ann Hecht is a nationally known storyteller, frequent conference presenter, and a published poet and essayist. She teaches Creative Writing, Social Justice and Humanities courses for the University of WA, Tacoma. Merna is also is the founder and co-director of the Stories of Arrival: Refugee and Immigrant Youth Voices Poetry Project which takes place at Foster High School in Tukwila, WA, one of the most language and culturally diverse high schools in the U.S. Her love of poetry, gardening, food and cultural diversity prompted her to partner the poetry project with Project Feast, a non-profit in Tukwila that serves refugee and immigrant women through their love of cooking the food of their home-lands. The Project Feast mission is to “transform the lives of refugees and immigrants by providing pathways to sustainable employment in the local food industry and to enrich communities through exploring ethnic culture and cuisine.” The collaboration created intergenerational connections between the students and Project Feast participants to further demonstrate the remarkable power of food and of poetry to bring people to the table to foster mutual understandings across cultures. The collaboration resulted in the creation of a book of recipes, interviews and poetry titled Our Table of Memories: Food and Poetry of Spirit, Homeland and Tradition. The book is dedicated to the ideal of a world where no child is hungry.
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Hotel Info: If you missed the block of rooms at the Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel
201 N Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee WA 98801 phone: 509-662-1234
We have an additional block of rooms being held at $94/night at the Comfort Inn just down the street
Comfort Inn, 815 N Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801, 509-662-1700
These rooms are being held at this rate until Sept 1st only. Please let them know you are with the WA Food Coalition Conference for the reduced rate!
We work hard to keep our conference as affordable and accessible as possible so that agencies large and small working to fight hunger in their communities can participate.
As a result, we typically draw around 200 or more attendees traveling from every corner of Washington State for two and a half days of networking and learning. There are agencies here looking for new tools, services and resources to help them serve their clients and communities even better.
For a list of Sponsorship Opportunities, click here.
If you are ready to lock in your sponsorship now, or are looking to participate as an exhibitor this year, click here, for our Sponsorship and Exhibitor Table payment form.
We've got some fun activities that offer a chance to explore around Wenatchee as you get into town on Wednesday!
Pybus Market Tour
Join us for a tour and explore the Pybus Market. Participants will receive a guided tour as well as free time to discover all the treasures of the Market and shop at the Evening Farmers Market.
The Market is a destination where people gather to experience quality food, goods and services from local businesses. They offer a platform for farmers, artisans and nonprofit organizations and provide an outlet for community arts, education and charities.
Public Market opened for business in May of 2013 and is bursting with high quality selections of artisan and ethnic products, locally grown fruits and vegetables, Washington wines, meats, flowers, oils, nuts, pastries and freshly-made, prepared foods from some of the best restaurants in Washington State.
Pybus Public Market also serves as an important community gathering point, along with supporting over 50 family farms who use the outdoor space as home for their local farmer’s market.
Pybus Public Market is located several blocks from the Wenatchee Convention Center and features the Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market “Evening Market” every Wednesday from 3 to 8 p.m. For more information on the Pybus Market and its vendors go to: email@example.com.
Gibbs Organic Farm
Join us for a tour of the Gibbs Organic Farm!
This has been one of the conference’s most popular tours. This family-owned and operated certified organic farm is located in a secluded canyon outside of Leavenworth, WA on the eastern slopes of the Cascades. The 40-acre farm includes 8 gardens, 5 acres of fruit orchard, pastures, a mix of animals, and a tree farm. Crops include hay, grains, berries, herbs, and a wide variety of vegetables. The Gibbs’s grow many heirloom varieties of apples, pears, and cherries, and also raise cattle, hogs, chickens, and turkeys. Gibbs Organic Produce provides high quality organic goods to local customers at farmers markets, CSA programs, local restaurants, and food co-ops.
Join us for a tour of the Ohme Gardens!
Recognized as one of the Northwest’s premier public gardens -- Ohme Gardens was once privately owned and created by the Herman and Ruth Ohme back in the late 1920’s. The garden has nearly a mile of pathways and stairways created from native stone that wind through a magnificent alpine oasis perched high on a bluff north of Wenatchee. It delights visitors with reflecting pools, waterfalls and even a wishing well. A photographer’s paradise, a gardener’s delight, or simply a place to relax in lush surroundings, Ohme Gardens is a Northwest treasure.
The garden is located only 4 miles from the convention center. Plan at least one hour for your tour of the Gardens. Good walking shoes are recommended. Narrow, rustic walkways, steps and uneven terrain prohibit the use of wheelchairs, walkers and strollers. Bring your camera and binoculars.
Martin Scott Winery
Join us for a tour of the Martin Scott Winery!
Located in East Wenatchee, only 15 minutes from the Convention Center, the Martin Scott Winery features small quantities of handcrafted wines. The fruit comes from their home vineyard in East Wenatchee, high on a bluff, south-facing, above the Columbia River and from grapes grown in the prime grape growing region of the Columbia Valley in South Central Washington State near Mattawa. The tour will include a tour of the winery as well as a tasting of their four of their famous white and red wines. Patio available to enjoy your purchased wine.
Cost: $10 but refundable with wine purchase.