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North County Community Food Bank

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Causes: Emergency Assistance, Food, Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, Food Banks & Pantries, Human Services

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.

Results: Our services help struggling individuals get back on their feet and return to the work force, while providing them with the networking and support systems they need to get through their individual situations.

Target demographics: low income families and individuals

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 10,000 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.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The leadership and volunteers at North County Community Food Bank do their vital work with excellence, care, compassion, and efficiency. For many, it is a near thankless job of serving some of the most overlooked members of our community. But clearly nobody here is in it for the praise, they do so out of a desire to make a difference in the lives of others -- to which I say wow! We so appreciate an organization like this leading the way to help people!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the NCCFB since the mid 80's when I was asked to haul commodities from Vancouver to Battle Ground. I've seen the volunteers working year after year donating time and effort to those that need some assistance. Volunteers are the backbone of many organizations and the NCCFB continues to cultivate and recognize the volunteers for the major part they play in helping the community

Donor

Rating: 5

A mission of North County Community Food Bank is to break the cycle of poverty through education and in particular education of children. They address this in a number of venues including nutrition and cooking classes and summer life skills camps for low income young people. Youth make up 41% of NCCFB's clients. The effort to break the cycle of poverty must include a strong emphasis and focus on educating and exposing youth to the prospects and opportunities beyond poverty. They are doing this.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The North County Community Food Bank is a shining star among nonprofits. The food bank itself provides critical resources for the clients with a well-organized food pantry which provides well balanced choices of fresh and preserved foods. Helpful recipes with nutritional information are easily available. The Pantry is a friendly, clean and efficient space for clients of any age to access. In my observations over the past years, it is not uncommon for the clients to express their appreciation for the Food Bank and Volunteers.
Additionally, this organization will sponsor/conduct classes and workshops which educates their client base on food handling, preparation, nutritional content as well as cooking healthy and budget friendly meals for small or large families.
Lastly, the NCCFB has an amazing group of Volunteers who have sincere care, concern and respect for the clients and organization. The energy there is contagious and a showcase for other community organizations to follow.

Donor

Rating: 5

"North County Community Food Bank is home grown and unpretentious. People of good will started it bank decades ago, and the same kind of people are still driving it today. They truly care about the less fortunate.

"And no other organization can stretch a dollar the way they can!"

Bill Morris

Marlene A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the honor to serve alongside the North County Community Food Bank staff and volunteers several times. Each time, I am thoroughly impressed with the level of care, compassion, and love offered to clients as they are served. NCCFB knows their community and is able to engage with and serve clients where their true needs lie.

Thanks for all of your work in the North County area.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The North County Community Food Bank is a tremendous asset to the Battle Ground / North Clark County area. As the need continues to grow, the staff, volunteers, and Executive Director work relentlessly to provide food for those in need, and the help doesn't stop there. Their commitment to the individual is evident in how they strive to assist people in the everyday challenges of life. The efforts of the food bank go above and beyond to help people in a wide variety of areas: nutrition, education, health, finances, giving back, volunteering, to name a few - makes them so much more than a food bank. It really defines their effort to end hunger and to break the cycle of poverty that is so easy for some to get caught in. Great organization!

1 Gwen Krebs P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the distinct pleasure to work with this energetic and dedicated group of people who serve the North County Community. They are the hardest working group you will find anywhere! The staff and crew are there every day for those in need, gathering food and items essential to those served. Taking time to provide services, counseling if needed and so much more. Assisting everyone who comes through the door with no questions asked and smiles in abundance. If you have garden produce available, drop it by, they'll make the distributions and make a HUGE difference in the local community.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a very well respected nonprofit serving low income individuals throughout North Clark County Washington. Operated by volunteers and two staff who are very caring, respectful and efficient while serving thousands of individuals every year, Monday through Friday. They are extremely creative in how they offer healthy pantry tastings each month, nutritious cooking courses, educational activities for low income youth, partnering with others in the community to provide school supplies and backpacks to children in need, and the many other things they provide in the community throughout the year. Great group to get involved with as a volunteer, donor or supporter.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

In my estimation, great value for the donations made. A good steward of the public's trust with valued leadership and volunteers. Have been a supporter since I moved to Battle Ground

1 Mary317

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

North County Community Food Bank is a wonderful place where people can go and get help without the fear of being judged or treated poorly. The staff and volunteers are hard working humble people who truly just want to make a difference. They really do help the people of North Clark County!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

The North Community Food Bank has served the area since the 1980's, always improving to meet the growing needs of those in need. The many volunteers who make the organization what it is are truly the lifeblood that connects which each of those that are served. The number of individuals and families needing the NCCFB's services has never been higher. They have added community gardening, nutritious cooking, healthy tastings and recipe sharing, shopping on a budget educational courses and so many other creative resources and activities that really make a positive difference. The organization provides a much needed resource to individuals throughout North County.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

Bev J.

Donor

Rating: 5

NCCFB is GREAT!! I have been a donor and a volunteer for a long time as it is something I really believe in and they do amazing things with a small amount of resources.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

NCCFB is a great organization that believes in changing lives one meal at a time. I have been a volunteer since 1992 and a board member since 1996 and believe in this organization. The people who work and volunteer for this organization are truly an inspiration to all who live and work in this community.
This food Bank has been feeding people in North Clark County for many years and is a very vital part of the health of our Community. We have a very dedicated staff and volunteers that work wonders in handing out food and caring for people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar