The Food Assistance Advisory Committee

The Food Assistance  Advisory Committee is comprised of representatives from the WFC board of directors and WFC members, as well Food Assistance providers and other interested community members. The Committee also includes staff from WSDA’s Food Assistance Programs.  All providers, including food banks, food pantries, tribal voucher providers and other partners have been encouraged to apply for membership. The purpose of the Food Assistance Advisory Committee is to provide broad stakeholder input and formal recommendations to the Washington Food Coalition Board and the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s (WSDA) concerning TEFAP, CSFP and EFAP programs.

The agenda is developed collaboratively by the Washington Food Coalition’s Board, the Chair of the Committee and WSDA’s Food Assistance staff. Agenda items proposed by Food Assistance staff are given priority as this committee is primarily charged with providing recommendations to the WFC Board on policies, procedures and structural changes to the Food Assistance Programs.

The Food Assistance Advisory Committee meets a minimum of three times a year, prior to the corresponding quarterly Washington Food Coalition Board meeting. If needed, additional meetings may be held at the request of the Chair of the Committee. 

Contact us to learn more and inquire about committee membership. 

Below can be found an archive of notes and documents from Food Advisory Committee Meetings:

2015-2017 Biennium:


2013-2015 Biennium:
2011-2013 Biennium:


Executive Summaries from Work Plans


 Current list of Food Assistance Advisory Committee Members:

Organization Name
Northwest Harvest Bonnie Baker
Nourish Pierce County Jim Beaudoin
Clark County Food Bank Alan Hamilton
Clark County Food Bank James Fitzgerald
Community Services of Moses Lake Peny Archer
WSDA Food Assistance Programs Kyle Merslich
Thurston County Food Bank Isaac McKenzie-Sullivan
2nd Harvest Inland NW Owen Esperas
Sunrise Outreach Center Ken Trainor
Blue Mountain Action Council Jeff Mathias
Des Moines Area Food Bank Kris Van Gasken
Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason, and Thurston counties Mike Compton
Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank Heidi Dukich
Food Lifeline Rosemary Rankins
Food Lifeline Tiffani Kaech
WSDA Food Assistance Programs  Kim Eads
St Leo's Food Connection Kevin Glackin-Coley
Hopelink Scott Milne
Rural Resources Community Action Anita Sailor
Northwest Harvest Jenn Tennent
Emergency Food Network Kat Westerdahl
Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason, and Thurston counties Rick Bowlen
WSDA Food Assistance Programs James Scovel
Tum Tum Food Bank Donna Russell
Olympic Community Action Programs Randy Swenson
Solid Ground Sabrina Jones
Washington Food Coalition staff Trish Twomey
Washington Food Coalition staff Yvonne Pitrof
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