What We Do

Advocacy

The Washington Food Coalition follows current events that may affect nutrition programs that our members utilize to serve their communities. We also pay close attention to the many related programs that serve the families we serve every day. Many of these programs work in tandem with our efforts to support people through a hard time and hopefully into a better place. 
For more information about nutrition programs, our legislative agenda, and the latest happenings and actions you can take, click here.
 

WFC Resources and Publications

We bring our collective knowledge together to create resources that help all of our organizations be the best they can be for our communities. Scroll down for a variety of publications, hand-outs and flyers that we have developed. 

WFC Resource Manuals can be ordered online HERE:

Our Best Practices Manual is by far our favorite and most popular, a collection of innovations directly sourced from our members.

Food Banking 101: a great place to begin when you are jumping into a food banking job. This our accompanying manual to our popular Food Banking 101 certification track offered at our 2.5 day conference.

Food Banking: This is a great comprehensive resource to have on hand for reference, training, and a refresher.

Food Safety: A Fantastic must-have reference for any hunger relief program.

Special Dietary Needs: A guide to better serve people with special needs and dietary restrictions.
       

More Useful Handouts and information from WFC:

This is info that we have gathered together and/or developed in response to needs and questions we have heard in the community and among our members. This information is available to download directly.

 

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:

2017-2019 Biennium:

2.21.13 fap committee meeting notes.pdf9.12.2018 FA Committee Meeting - Minutes
2.21.13 fap committee meeting notes.pdf 6.29.2018 FA Committee Meeting - Minutes
2.21.13 fap committee meeting notes.pdf 5.07.2018 FA Committee Meeting - Minutes
2.21.13 fap committee meeting notes.pdf 1.29.2018 FA Committee Meeting - Minutes
1.29.2018 FA Committee Meeting - Docs
2.21.13 fap committee meeting notes.pdf 10.10.2017 FA Committee Meeting
2.21.13 fap committee meeting notes.pdf Expectations and Process 2018
2.21.13 fap committee meeting notes.pdf FA Goals FYE 2018
2.21.13 fap committee meeting notes.pdf 07.19.2017 FA Committee Meeting 

2015-2017 Biennium:

 

2013-2015 Biennium:
2011-2013 Biennium:

 

Executive Summaries from Work Plans

 Current list of Food Assistance Advisory Committee Members:

Organization Name
MSC Food and Clothing Bank Terri Turner
WSDA  Kim Eads
Clark County Food Bank Alan Hamilton
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  Lisa White
St Leo's Food Connection Kevin Glackin-Coley
   
Rural Resources Community Action Anita Sailor
Northwest Harvest Jenn Tennent
WSDA  Nichole Garden
Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason, and Thurston counties Rick Bowlen
WSDA Food Assistance Programs James Scovel
Tum Tum Food Bank/NEW Hunger Coalition Donna Russell
Olympic Community Action Programs Marki Lockhart
Northwest Harvest Sabrina Jones
Washington Food Coalition staff Trish Twomey