WFC Annual Conference  

September 23-25th, 2019 

Three Rivers Convention Center, Kennewick, WA 

Anti-Hunger Super Heroes!

                                                        What's Your Super Power?


Thanks again to our sponsors, especially WSDA - Food Assistance Programs and United HealthCare  





  Conference Registration Fees:

Early Bird Registration (ends September 6thEarly Bird Rate ends Friday! 

  • Member - $125.00
  • Non or Expired Member - $150.00 (To become a member click here.)

Regular Registration:

  • Member - $225.00
  • Non or Expired Member - $250.00  (To become a member click here.)

One day Attendance - $99.00

Guest Meals - $25/meal


Please go ahead and make your hotel reservations now at the following hotels. Cost is $97/night, let them know you are with the Washington Food Coalition Conference. All of our room blocks have expired but the hotels should still be honoring the rate of $97/room.  If you have any problems with booking a room please let me know. Trish at 206-669-1740
Click on hotel name for reservation information. 


On Monday, September 23rd, the Food Assistance Committee will meet at 9 a.m. and the WFC Board meeting will begin at 11 a.m. Tours will begin in the afternoon at 2 p.m., followed by a Welcome Reception at 5:30 p.m..
Sessions will begin on Tuesday, September 24th and run through early afternoon Wednesday, September 25th

See conference schedule here


We are excited to offer an off-site dinner Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. at the Terra Blanca Winery in Benton City, WA. 
We'll enjoy a Pasta Bar with dessert. Cash Bar included, as well as non-alcoholic beverages. The cost is an additional $20, check the box on your registration form and the price will be added into your total. 

 KEYNOTE: Erin Jones

Erin Jones has been involved in and around schools for the past 26 years. She has taught in a variety of environments, and in some of the most diverse communities in the nation. Erin has received many awards as an educator. She was honored at the White House in 2013 as a "Champion of Change” and was Washington State PTA’s “Outstanding Educator” in 2015. After many years in education Erin left her job to run as a candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction and was the first Black woman to run for any state office in Washington state, a race she lost by a mere 1%.

She has spent the last few years doing school assemblies, keynote speeches at conferences and training educators and non-profit organizations in culturally-responsive practice and equity. Erin speaks 4 languages (English, French, Spanish, Dutch) and was raised in The Netherlands, where her parents taught at the American School of The Hague, and in Switzerland. Erin and James, an educator and former youth pastor, have been married 25 years and have raised 3 children who are now adults. Erin’s greatest passion is to lead by example and to inspire others to become the best versions of themselves. Erin spends her free time writing, running in half-marathons and volunteering as a leader for the youth in her church. She will speak to us on living life on purpose and inspiring others to do the same. 


We will be offering 3 tours this year to a variety of location around the Tri-Cities.  Please join us as we visit ~

TOUR 1: Tri Cities Food Bank (Kennewick) & 2nd Harvest Hunger Solution Center
TOUR 2: Middleton Organic Orchard & Country Mercantile 
TOUR 3: Red Mountain Wine Tour -  Frichette and Terra Blanca Wineries

 Please let us know on your registration form which tour you are interested in.



We will be offering a variety of learning opportunities and sessions including:

The WFC's five part Food Bank Certification Course (Nonprofit Basics, Volunteer Management, Food Safety, Food Banking 101 and Forms Training),

Census 2020 - Learn about the importance of the 2020 Census, how it will impact your program and community.

Social Media & Marketing

Student Hunger and College Pantries Models - understand how different models of service work

What it Means to be a Board Member - what are board members responsibilities? 

Food Safety 201 - hear about the new proposed changes to the WA State revised Food Code

Nutrition Policies - hear from other programs about how to develop an internal policy to significantly improve the nutritional status of the people you are serving, particularly vulnerable groups.

Everything you Wanted to Know about Food Banks but were Afraid to Ask - get all your questions answered!

Tools of the Trade - Tools that can Make your Life Easier - software and apps. 

WSDA Plenary Session - Join WSDA staff for a short plenary session to get up to speed on how WSDA and your Food Assistance team are working behind the scenes to strengthen the emergency food system.  Then, break out by region for a brief presentation and discussion to gather your feedback about food ordering, regional infrastructure needs, WSDA’s new website, and for a deep dive into the state-funded Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) and EFAP-Tribal application and award system, in anticipation of making stakeholder-driven improvements before the next biennium.  This will be a lively interactive session - questions and  good ideas welcome!

Plus ...

Fundraising For Small Nonprofits

Homelessness and Mental Health 

Grant Writing 

Public Speaking 

State and Federal Advocacy 

Retaining, Engaging, and Managing your Talent: The Life Cycle of Employee and Volunteers in the Nonprofit Landscape

Best Practices - See what is happening at food programs around the state.  What ideas can you steal! 

Food Waste and Recovery 

            And More! 

See Conference schedule here.


Hope you can join us in Kennewick!