THE FACES OF HUNGER
- Households with children are the largest demographic group accessing emergency food boxes.
- The average number of EFB's distributed monthly in Clark County has increased from 9500 to 10,100 and 39% of those receiving hunger relief from this source are children.
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Farming and Gleaning
The Clark County Food Bank exists to “Alleviate hunger and its root causes in Clark County, Washington.” Our Farming and Gleaning program helps us with that mission by increasing the amount of fresh, nutritious food we distribute through our 29 partner agencies across Clark County, localizing the source of our emergency food supply, and engaging and educating the community through volunteer opportunities.
In 2009, the Clark County Food Bank increased its commitment to providing fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables by growing their own! Over 11 miles of carrots were planted at the 78th Street Heritage Farm and a 2 acre vegetable garden was planted by Churches in Partnership.
With the help of countless dedicated volunteers and LARCH Correctional Facility labor, a 10 acre plot at Heritage Farm produces around 50,000 pounds of vegetables for the Clark County Food Bank each year.
Enthusiastic volunteers also help plant, maintain and harvest healthy fruits and vegetables on private land through the Fields of Plenty program which started with a generous couple from Brush Prairie who dedicate a portion of their property to growing food for the food bank.
The Clark County Food Bank gleaning program began in 2012 with the help of 90 enlisted volunteers, 20 growers, 12 donors, and 9 that hosted gleaning events. This season we will be expanding our farm base and “Keeping it Local” by connecting Clark County food pantries with local growers.
How You Can Help!
Volunteers are needed to assist in harvesting the fields and collecting produce; giving people a chance to get their hands dirty, literally! Volunteering with a Farming and Gleaning project is a great way to get neighbors connected, learn new skills, and strengthen the fabric of our community. For those who would like to “dig in” deeper, we are looking for Volunteer Crew Leaders to lead groups in the field and for volunteers who like to be behind-the-scenes to work on outreach and coordination. Work parties can be scheduled to suit volunteers’ needs; groups of any size are welcome. You are always welcome to drop-in and help out at Heritage Farm every Wednesday and Saturday between 9am-1pm, from mid-July through November. For more information, visit the Clark County Food Bank’s Farming and Gleaning Website