2014 Fall Newsletter

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  • These are rocky times. Money is short, resources are strained, and client numbers are increasing rapidly.

    These are problems the emergency food community has faced for years, but they have accelerated in recent years.

    During this time, it has become increasingly clear why the Washington Food Coalition is so important.

    What organization in Washington State wholly and specifically represents the interests of emergency food sites and their clients?

    Only the Washington Food Coalition.

    Our Mission

    The Washington Food Coalition actively educates and networks with organizations that strive to alleviate hunger throughout Washington

    Our Vision

    The Washington Food Coalition is the unified voice for a strong emergency food system

    Food for ThoughtWaFoodCoalition.org

    No one in Washington State should go hungry

    Meeting the Future

    Washington Food Coalition Newsletter / Fall 2014

    Washington Food CoalitionPO Box 95752Seattle, WA 98145

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    Our annual conference never fails to provide a premier training experience, full of opportunities to learn, network, and enjoy oneself. This year, we returned to Wenatchee and added many new features with the goal of creating the best event yet!

    The first day of tours delighted attendees, with a highlight being a guided tour of a local award-winning Farm to School program.

    Our two keynote speakers set the tone for a compelling and content-rich event. Joel Berg of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger began Thursday with biting wit and the passion of a lifelong activist.He showed us how practical, systemic solutions for hungry Americans will ultimately benefit Americas economy and all of its citizens.

    Janet Poppendieck, renowned

    expert and author on food security, invited us to understand the past in order to illuminate the way forward. She provided an overview of food assistance in the U.S. since its inception and identified the factors that have made food assistance far more acceptable than welfare.

    This years workshop learning opportunities featured five unique learning tracks, packed full of carefully designed and targeted learning objectives. The tracks included Advocacy & Policy, Best Practices, Expert, Food Banking Certification, and Washington Nonprofits.

    Our ever-popular Thursday evening dinner event was hosted for the first time this year at Pybus Public Market. With an all-inclusive registration price this year, everyone joined in on

    this wonderful evening event full of great food and fantastic conversation. Pybus provided a delightful atmosphere and a connection to the local food movement in the Wenatchee area.

    Attendees also gathered in District Meetings this year to collaborate on hunger solutions specific to their geographic area.

    This years attendance level broke through any previous records and the energy was palpable as a result. This invigorating 3 days are positioned as a starting point for measurable change in the fight against hunger in Washington State. Join us next year for our annual conference in Yakima on September 30th-October 2nd, 2015.

    Food Banking CertificationDeveloping skilled professionals to effectively combat hungerAt this years conference, we launched our very exciting all new Food Banking Certification course. Participants interested in receiving a Food Bank Certification attended 5 consecutive workshops in a carefully designed learning track, and the learning track concluded with a competency exam at the end of the conference. Upon completion of the learning track and passing the exam, participants received a certificate to proudly display that verifies their knowledge as a competent food bank manager.

    The workshop lineup for this track included:

    Organizational Basics

    Food Banking 101

    Volunteer Management

    Forms Training

    Food Safety

    The feedback received from participants in this pilot training program was excellent. Plans are being put together for future Food Banking Certification opportunities. Please contact us if you would be interested in hosting or sponsoring a certification training.WFC professional series of manuals are available to increase competency of emergency food providers, including Best Practices, Food Banking, Food Safety, and Special Dietary Needs.

    William Maier of Immanuel Community Services received the very first Food Banking Certification in Washington State

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    please let us know!

    Washington Food Coalitions Annual Conference 2014presented by

    Washington Food Coalitions Annual Conference

  • Food for Thought A publication of the Washington Food Coalition

    P.O. Box 95752 Seattle, WA 98145-2752

    P 206.729.0501

    F 206.729-0504



    Board of Directors

    WFC Chair Helen McGovern Emergency Food Network

    WFC Immediate Past Chair Kris Van Gasken Des Moines Area Food Bank

    WFC Vice Chair Joe Gruber University District Food Bank

    WFC Treasurer Yvonne Pitrof Vashon Maury Food Bank

    WFC Secretary Jim Beaudoin FISH Food Banks of Pierce County

    Dan Speare Rural Resources Comm. Action

    Kitty Burton Hunters Food Bank

    May Segle Entiat Food Bank

    Karan Mitchell Entiat Food Bank

    Peny Archer Comm Services of Moses Lake

    Scott Kilpatrick Comm Services of Moses Lake

    Suzy McNeilly Council on Aging & Human Serv

    Susan Peterson Greenhouse Community Center.

    JoAnn Rushton Hope Source

    Lisa Hall Northwest Harvest

    John Neill Tri-Cities Food Bank

    Kuki Benson Tri-Cities Food Bank

    Kathy Covey Blue Mountain Action Council

    Gail McGhee Blue Mountain Action Council

    Michael Frazier Helping Hands Food Bank

    Elizabeth Grant Snohomish Community Food Bank

    Kevin Glackin-Coley St. Leos Food Connection

    Kellie McNelly ROOF Community Services

    James Fitzgerald Clark County Food Bank

    Lisa Chavez Lower Columbia CAP

    Vicki Pettit Coastal Community Action Program

    Anthony Airhart Coastal Harvest

    Jennifer Hardison South Kitsap Helpline

    Bonnie Baker Northwest Harvest

    David Bobanick Rotary First Harvest

    Robert Coit Thurston County Food Bank

    Kim Jones Operation Sack Lunch

    Earl Hall Yakima Food Bank

    Scott Milne Hopelink

    August marked the beginning of a three year process to track healthier foods being distributed by food pantries and meal programs across the state. Governor Inslees Results Washington report sets a goal to increase healthier foods, being distributed by food pantries and meal programs, by 5% through 2017. This goal was not mandated by the Governor but rather a way for the emergency food systems role as a contributor to healthy and safe communities to be highlighted. To track this indicator all EFAP food pantry and TEFAP meal program subcontractors will track foods being distributed by their programs through the Healthier Food Options Report.

    Last month all programs began tracking for a baseline survey that will be followed by quarterly reports in November, February, May and August. The Healthier Food Options tracking form is set up in a couple different ways to make it easy for programs to track the foods they serve. Programs can estimate or weigh foods to determine the percentage, on a single day or over the course of a month, in the predetermined categories which includes tracking healthy options such as fruit and vegetables or less healthy options including donuts or other sweets.

    With guidance from WFC staff, the West Seattle Food Bank was able to complete our baseline survey form in a matter of minutes. We provide a shopping model for our families where they can select food from a table where we provide a wide variety of choices. To complete the report we grouped the food we distributed that day into the categories outlined on the tracking form. We then estimated the weight, which then was converted into percentages, for each food category. We did

    this by looking at the weight on each package, can or box and estimated the weight of fresh produce.

    We wrote it down and totaled it for each food category. It was helpful to see the percentage breakdown of the various foods in a typical bag we distribute. This information will assist us in identifying gaps in our service delivery especially in regards to the nutritious food products we distribute. ~ Steven Curry, West Seattle Food Bank

    To view a video tutorial on how to complete your report form, visit www.wafoodcoalition.org and click on Videos under the Resources


    If you have questions or need more information regarding the Healthier Food Options tracking

    form please contact the Washington Food Coalition at 206-729-0501 or

    WSDA at 360-725-5640.

    Visit wafoodcoalition.org and read about the latest news on our blog.

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    Lunch n Learn: Ongoing TrainingsJoin Washington Food Coalition for our upcoming monthly Lunch n Learn webinar trainings. These will focus on specific skill trainings and will be presented online on the second Friday from noon to 1 pm.