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!
The NCCFB is a remarkable food pantry. It’s friendly storefront beckons all to enter. Once inside one is welcomed with brightly painted rooms, shelves displaying fresh produce, fruit, rice, beans, soups and bakery items. It is like stepping into a small family market where there’s a smile for everyone and where everyone helps one another. Kind and caring volunteers assist clients with their shopping while sharing a laugh or two. A visit there is a very positive and upbeat experience.
That is only the beginning. The NCCFB provides information about food preparation and meal planning. It hosts cooking classes and food tastings that offer samples and related recipes of healthy meals made with items available in the pantry.
This is a snapshot description of the Food Bank and certainly captures only a small piece of what it provides the people of north county community. It offers much more than food assistance. It offers friendship and acceptance.
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.
"The feeling of heartfelt support and caring radiates throughout this organization. From our initial experience walking in the door our family was welcomed, heard and cared for with our immediate needs being met and connections with additional services addressed. From the volunteers to the staff everyone treated my family with dignity and respect, listened to our situation without judgement and provided a sense of honest compassion. We are now making headway in our situation and seeing a ray of hope at the end of the tunnel because of the care they have provided to us in our time of need." Thank you for being there for us!
I have been a volunteer at the North County Food Bank in Battle Ground, WA, for just over 2yrs and I have found it to be one of the best choices I have made.
Not only do the staff and fellow volunteers genuinely care for and have respect for each other AND, most importantly, for the clients, but, the rapport, teamwork and laughter shared with all who give to and receive from there is an experience that cannot be measured.
Thank you, North County Food Bank for being there.
What I love about the NCCFB is the focus on the clients and the commitment to the community. Besides providing food for the immediate need, NCCFB works to help clients gain knowledge and life skills to help them with their future success. The Seeds to Supper Program, the Healthy Cooking Classes and the community programs for kids are all examples of the way NCCFB works with the community to help eliminate the barriers many of their clients face.
I love working at the food bank, especially when kids come in. The bank uses my people and organizing skills to the max. The directors are very supportive and approachable, interacting with clients, donors and volunteers with equal grace and courtesy. hey always approach the day with a "we can do " attitude despite the lack of space and sometimes volunteers. They create an attractive facility inside and out often out of their own pocket. .
North County Food Bank is a nonprofit that our family has been supporting since it's inception. Until a year ago our support was limited to donated food and funds. Since retiring I now have time to donate time. It is a privilege to work with such professionals as Liz and lisa, the director and volunteer director. They go out of way to make the food bank an attractive and inviting place to work and shop with little or no budget for such niceties,as flower baskets and benches for our clients. They always maintain a calm demeanor. They often have no control over volunteer abscences, food delivery, community donations or when our customers will come to shop. Despite so many unknowns they prepare, make do and behave graciously and warmly with customers, donators and volunteers alike. They set a great example by helping in emergencies, often taking on the most tedious of tasks. Despite the vast range of volunteer abilities and personalities they create tight knit teams that support one another and the mission of the North County Food Bank.
This Food Bank does so much with so little.
The only two paid individual, Liz Cervany, the Ex. Director and Lisa Bechtold, her assistant, do the work of 5 or 6 employees.
That are constantly praising and assisting the volunteers, who selflessly devote their time.
How this Food Bank is able to do what they do with the limited space and income is beyond the Board’s expectation.
This operation needs to move into bigger facilities and therefore needs all the financial help they can get.
I am new to the area, and newly retired from a very stressful career in emergency nursing. Volunteering here is a great way to help people in need, while also meeting people in my new home town in a low stress environment. The clients are very grateful to have nutritious food available and greeted by cheerful volunteers. Recently we changed the practice so that the clients can choose the type of food that they want, which allows them some autonomy and better meets any special dietary needs.
North County Community Food Bank is a great place to volunteer! I drive the van every Wednesday picking up food.
I've been a volunteer at the NCFB for just over two years and have thoroughly enjoyed the staff, clientele and other volunteers. It has been a great joy to work with others who are committed to helping our community, whether working in the back stocking shelves, filling orders, taking in donations from willing givers, or working the in front with clients or helping them to their cars. Everyone helps, and helps each other. The time there flies by, and it is rewarding knowing that you are helping those in need at a critical time in their lives. I am so thankful that our community is organized in such a way as to fully utilize our abundance to help those who can really use it.
North County Community Food Bank does such an amazing job serving our community. From a small building it does MIGHTY things. My personal mission is NO KID HUNGRY and NCCFB is a major factor in my mission-they even have kids cooking classes!
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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!