Making Waves - 2018 Annual Conference

Save the Date! September 12-14th 2018, at the Yakima Convention Center


Every year we bring together volunteers, staff and board members from food pantries and other hunger relief agencies all across Washington State.

We provide training of newer staff/volunteers, disseminate the latest standards, policies and trends around food safety and nutrition, and share the latest innovations and models of best practices, for agencies working on the front lines of hunger.

Thanks to our annual conference, and the willingness of our members to share what works, based in real life experience, agencies large and small are tapping into resources, partnerships and innovations that ensure that people and communities are not only fed, but have what they need to thrive. 

 How to Catch the Wave with us in September (and other vital and emerging info)

 Registration Rates and Early Bird Discounts:

It pays to be a WFC Member! 

(Annual membership starts at $25/yr - see our membership page to join today!)

  2018 Conference Rates

  WFC Member Non-Member
Full Conference $150 $250
Early Bird (until midnight August 23rd) $125 $225
1 Day Only $99 $150
Guest Meal $50 $50





We have a limited number of scholarships available for an additionally reduced rate to attend the full conference. Scholarships are limited to one per agency. To review that application and to apply, click here.


Click Here to Register TODAY


Where to stay in Yakima:

We have a discounted room block booked at Howard Johnson's just across the street from the Yakima Convention Center. To book your room at $91/night for the conference dates, call: 509-452-6511 and let them know you are with the Washington Food Coalition conference.

We'll be posting additional options for those that need it as we compile those.

Announcing our Keynote speakers!

Clare Cady: Co-founder and Director of the College and University Food Bank AllianceClare Cady

Clare Cady is a scholar-practitioner whose work rests in the intersection of higher education and human services. She has developed programs to address basic needs insecurities among college students including campus pantries, emergency aid funds, housing interventions, and resource centers. She co-founded and directs the College and University Food Bank Alliance, an organization focused on alleviating student hunger, and is engaged in evidence based programming and evaluation at the HOPE Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University. Clare's work has been published in the Journal of College and Character, ACPA's About Campus, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. When she is not working, Clare can be found at least 10 miles up a trailhead in the wilderness, padding the Instagram account of her dog, Echo, or both!


Jeff Klein: Executive Director of Sound OutreachJeff Klein

Jeff wants to make a positive difference in people’s lives, and has spent more than two decades working on just that. At camps, community centers, and schools, he mentored young people and college students to be leaders. When he moved to Tacoma in 2009, Jeff was intentional in his job search, he wanted to work with young people, homeless issues, and/or fighting hunger. For five years, he helped to raise $millions annually at Emergency Food Network, providing more than 15 million pounds of food each year to area food banks.
In January of 2015, he jumped at the opportunity to lead Sound Outreach, believing that connecting people to benefits and resources that grow assets and help people manage their own lives better is what keeps folks from needing a food bank in the first place. “We’re helping people lead more dignified, sustainable lives. I’m interested in anything we can do to help create a more just and equitable community.”
Originally from Baltimore, Jeff loves the Pacific Northwest for all the outdoors have to offer. You can find him running, camping, hiking, cycling, cross country skiing, swimming, and kayaking whenever he finds the time. He loves his wife Jessica and daughters Lily and Rosie. 


New this year!  We are hosting a Tech Fair Wednesday and Thursday (12th & 13th)

Come learn about technology solutions for your agency/program!

There will be folks demonstrating, and available to talk about, client-intake systems, programs and partnerships for getting computer equipment, phone solutions, meeting solutions, event management tools and more!

Special Thanks to our Sponsors for making this conference come to life!

Presenting Sponsor: United Healthcare

To join a growing list of sponsors and exhibitors supporting this event and hunger relief efforts around WA, contact us or click here to jump right in.


And Stay tuned for more info on schedules and sessions coming soon!

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