Despite Pandemic Barrel Full Of Money Records Record Year

The 10th annual Barrel Full of Money fundraiser was another success this year. Despite the challenges due to the pandemic, near 50 Walla Walla Valley wineries, area businesses and non-profit groups teamed up to raise $64,737.47 to help the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank. “Generous support from the wine community, local businesses and individuals […]

Beef Counts Delivering Holiday Beef To Central Washington

The Washington Beef Community is in the central part of the state this week, distributing 2 ½ pound roast to families in need. Melissa DelGadillo, PR Manager at Agribeef said the need is incredible right now, with one in four people facing food insecurity during the pandemic. She pointed out efforts like this are nothing […]

WSDA Continues To Work To Help Washingtonians Facing Food Insecurity

While the Washington State Department of Agriculture has long provided food assistance programs, once the pandemic hit, WSDA had to take new and sometimes innovative steps to meet a rapid increase in food insecurity. Hector Castro said an estimated 2.2 million people in Washington are currently food insecure. Part of WSDA’s efforts include not only […]

USDA Extends Food Box Program Into December

The USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program was scheduled to wrap up at the end of October, following three rounds of food acquisition and distribution. “But we thought is was so popular that we’re continuing in November and December through the end of the year,” Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue recently announced there will be […]

Donation To Mattawa Food Bank Will Help Farm Workers In Need

The Mattawa Area Food Bank was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the fraternal non-profit The Royal Neighbors of America. Board president, Pamela Bunger, said the funds came at a great time, after they learned that the food bank’s forklift is not repairable. “Also we are heading towards our busy time, the winter, and we […]

Beef Industry Raises $23K For Hungry Washingtonians

On Tuesday, the Washington beef community held their annual fundraiser, Beef Counts, in Toppenish. The one day sale to help hungry Washingtonians raised $23,657. KayDee Gilkey with the Washington state Beef Commission said each year ranchers, beef producers and those associated with the industry look forward to the opportunity to help those neighbors that are […]

WSDA: Emergency Food Demand Expected To Be Elevated For Months, Years To Come

The strain on emergency food resources across Washington is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. A Thursday webinar focused on the current challenges of providing healthy nutritious food for Washingtonians in need, and how those challenges could evolve into the future. Washington state Department of Agriculture Director Dereck Sandison said in the early days […]

Newhouse Rolling Out Food Bank Companion Bill

In an effort to better connect farmers with food banks and other programs that help those in need, Representative Dan Newhouse is introducing companion legislation to Kelly Loffler’s American Farms, Food Banks and Families Act in the Senate. Newhouse said his proposal will create a position at the USDA to help identify barriers and regulation that […]

Newhouse Supports Taking A New Look At Farm To Food Bank Route

Last week, Georgia senator Kelly Loffler introduction legislation that would create a new office at the USDA to connect food banks with Farmers. The proposal would create a Domestic Ag Supply Chain Administrators to act as a liaison between food banks, grocers and nonprofit food distributors with farmers. The hope is to remove the confusion […]

Bill Seeks USDA Ag Supply Chain Administrator

Legislation introduced this week would create a new office at the USDA to connect food banks with farmers. The American Farms, Food banks and Families Act proposes to create a Domestic Ag Supply Chain Administrator to act as a liaison between food banks, grocers and nonprofit food distributors to expand market access for farmers. Introduced […]