North County Community Food Bank

Rating: 4.9 stars   20 reviews

Issues: Food, Human Services

Location: PO Box 2106 17 NE 3rd Ave Battle Ground WA 98604 USA

Mission: A community group wishing to help families in crisis founded North County Community Food Bank in 1996. Providing emergency food supplies to low income families, individuals and seniors is our main purpose. The organization focuses on providing these individuals with the resources and network connections they need to develop a path to establishing a stable household again. We do this by connecting these individuals to our Basic Life skill classes; nutritious cooking, growing their own produce, household management, financial management and family health. We also refer these individuals to other programs that can assist them with their needs.
Target demographics: low income families and individuals
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 7,000 individuals with emergency food, supplies, services, and community gardening.
Geographic areas served: North Clark County Washington
Programs: emergency food supplies, social services connections and referrals, assistance and resources to help those in crisis regain their self sufficient lives.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

After 'retiring', North County Community Food Bank was my first volunteer experience. It is the best of everything for volunteers. We actually get to interact one on one with clients we help, our ideas and suggestions are immediately taken up with the staff, the volunteers work together as a team and become fast friends. The amount of work and product that we are inspired to get accomplished is truly amazing. As a volunteer, it is fulfilling, fun and we look forward to helping NCCFB a grow!

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have been involved with North County Community Food Bank for about 10 years as a volunteer, board member and community member. They are an organization that leads with compassion and kindness to others while utilizing their resources as efficiently as possible. I am excited to partner with them in the future to help fight hunger in North County

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have always enjoyed volunteering at my local schools, church or community. I moved to the northwest nine years ago to join family that already lived in Hockinson and brought with me my 2nd daughter and 2 grandsons. From the very beginning I was hearing about the food bank in Battle Ground and always with positive comments. It took awhile but when my schedule allowed some free time and encouragement from long time food bank volunteer Peggy Kirkman, I decided to join the group. What a rewarding experience it has been. Since I first walked through the door 2 years ago, every week I am amazed at the commitment to the community by the people that I work with. It starts with the dedication of Liz and Carol and just flows out from there..... and it is so very, very contagious. The whole focus is getting the food out to those in need and what a great job everyone does. The compassion and dignity that is shown to all that come for assistance is always a major priority and what a blessing that is to see. God willing I pray I will be able to volunteer for many years to come. Maureen Byrne

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I have been a volunteer at the NCCFB since I moved to Battle Ground a little over two years ago. I have worked with much larger food banks, such as Four Square, but they don't come close to the sincere compassion and sense of community that comes from the staff at North Clark County, WA. By working there and greeting clients as they check in, I have had an opportunity to get to know them by their first name. If they don't show up for several weeks, I worry about them and pray for them. Some older senior clients can't see well or don't know what some of the produce items are, or how to prepare them. We are glad to help them with selections and answer questions and they are most appreciative.

I have watched the organization grow so much the building is overcrowded and ready to split at the seams. However, the staff and volunteers just keep on pushing through to serve our clients. For many people in the community, it is their only source of nutrition.

I think of my volunteer efforts as something I am blessed to do. I love how people in the community, church and schools as well as other civic and philanthropic groups come together to help others in need.

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Rating: 5 stars  

North County Food Bank is a wonderful resource. I volunteer there twice a week and enjoy everyone I meet there volunteers and clients.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

volunteering and helping others.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would love to give them a huge building to work out of. They are so organized in the little spot they work out of.

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Rating: 5 stars  

An outstanding group of people who care about the community they serve. The volunteers know the people in the community, local government supports the group and almost all the service organizations in the community either support the food bank with volunteers, money or both. Thankfully I have not needed the food bank services, but have been lucky to give time, food and supplies to them. I have worked alongside the food bank staff and am amazed by their efforts and vitality.

The NCCFB is one of the best organizations in the area.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being able to see the grateful people receive food, help distribute food, and collect donations.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Update the web site.

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Rating: 5 stars  

NCCFB is the heartbeat of our community. For years I've put my volunteer energy and resources into NCCFB because I see it translating our efforts directly into results. By continually finding ways to not just feed people, but help them get back on their feet, NCCFB connects us all and makes the whole community stronger. Everyone needs help sometimes and everyone learns to give. That's what NCCFB does for us, and we'd all be much poorer without it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing countless individuals and families over the years improve their lives as a result of receiving help or volunteering for NCCFB - or both!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find ways to ensure more reliable and constant funding. The staff works wonders on a shoestring, but the importance of NCCFB to our community well-being should be much more strongly and consistently supported.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Changing lives one meal at a time!
I have volunteered at the NCCFB for over ten years and fill the food boxes and re-stock the shelves.
Our caring for each other as a community goes way beyond the food we give out! in
Today for example I will deliver a bag of clothes my son outgrew to a grandmother who is raising her 12 old grandson. The joy I will get to see on his face will make my day!!! These clothes are well used and yet to him they represent a chance to look "cool" and share what my son has enjoyed! This grandmother is letting me sign my name on a card and be included in a gift she is giving to Theresa for the passing of her mother-in-law. The service is open to us all and set for this coming Saturday.
Volunteers and clients alike share our small town of Battle Ground. We know and care about each other. We see each other at the post office, gas station and hardware store. We help each other out in ways that go way beyond the monthly food box. We are all truly friends!!!

I would not have met any of these wonderful people if I were not a volunteer at NCCFB! I love to go in and volunteer. I consider the volunteers and staff and client as some of my best friends! If I ever needed their help I know they would be right there for me. We care a lot about each other in our small town.

Our NCCFB allows all of this to happen. Without this organization I don't know how all of the people who depend on our help would make it through their hard times!!!

Our food bank is extra special. I better close now because the young grandson is waiting for me to deliver his latest bag of "new " clothes!

Sincerely, Elaine Nibley
Volunteer


I know that if

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

yes

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope for more donations of food and money from our community

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Rating: 5 stars  

Changing lives one meal at a time!
I have volunteered at the NCCFB for over ten years and fill the food boxes and re-stock the shelves.
Our caring for each other as a community goes way beyond the food we give out! in
Today for example I will deliver a bag of clothes my son outgrew to a grandmother who is raising her 12 old grandson. The joy I will get to see on his face will make my day!!! These clothes are well used and yet to him they represent a chance to look "cool" and share what my son has enjoyed! This grandmother is letting me sign my name on a card and be included in a gift she is giving to Theresa for the passing of her mother-in-law. The service is open to us all and set for this coming Saturday.
Volunteers and clients alike share our small town of Battle Ground. We know and care about each other. We see each other at the post office, gas station and hardware store. We help each other out in ways that go way beyond the monthly food box. We are all truly friends!!!

I would not have met any of these wonderful people if I were not a volunteer at NCCFB! I love to go in and volunteer. I consider the volunteers and staff and client as some of my best friends! If I ever needed their help I know they would be right there for me. We care a lot about each other in our small town.

Our NCCFB allows all of this to happen. Without this organization I don't know how all of the people who depend on our help would make it through their hard times!!!

Our food bank is extra special. I better close now because the young grandson is waiting for me to deliver his latest bag of "new " clothes!

Sincerely, Elaine Nibley
Volunteer


I know that if

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

yes

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope for more donations of food and money from our community

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Rating: 5 stars  

NCCFB is a marvelous organization that works wonders in the community. Not only does the food bank provide healthy food to those in need but the director, staff & board also work to bring the community together to overcome the great need. Churches, schools, organizations and individuals all work to help our neighbors in need. NCCFB nutures those relationships.

As a volunteer that fills food boxes, I've seen many families in need find some relief from the strain of "not enough": not enough meat, vegetables, bread, eggs, cereal, etc, not enough money for electricity, not enough hygiene items, & not enough laundry detergent. Nearly all of the clients express their gratitude when they receive their food boxes. It is heartwarming to be able to help.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the smiles on the faces of the clients as they receive a food box and hearing their thanks. What a blessing on both ends.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a larger building for the food bank.

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