White Center Food Bank Executive Director is leaving, other changes coming

The White Center Food Bank this week announced that Angela Beard, who was hired as Executive Director in July 2017, will be leaving.

Carolynn Ferris will take over in an Interim role for now.

WCFB staff continues to work hard on providing the highest quality food, produce and baby supplies for the local clients they serve, and by the end of 2017, they expect to have accomplished:

  • Over 70,200 clients and 24,000 households served in White Center
  • Over 1,056,00 pounds of food distributed
  • More than doubled the amount of fresh produce made available in 2017 versus 2016
  • Increased the focus on culturally appropriate foods
  • 17,000 volunteer hours donated

“We are working on building out our programs in 2018 to reach even more people within the community in ways that directly impact their lives in healthy ways,” they said in a statement.

Some of the things to look for include:

  • They have received a grant to broaden their community garden program, and are calling their food bank garden Grow2Give. Not only will they be expanding the garden to grow more fresh, culturally relevant and organic produce, but they also will be holding classes to teach those in our community the best growing methods for our climate, and create a gardener network to share information and resources.
  • Mara, the Community Garden Manager, will be working with Cascade Middle School in the coming year to help them continue to establish their own garden, as well as engage students in nutrition, gardening, and healthy soils education.
  • An intern from the University of Washington will be joining early in the year with the task of modifying the produce distribution area to enhance the “shopping” experience of clients and encourage healthy choices.

As a poignant reminder of how the food bank impacts our community, they shared the story of Rosemary, who recently left this note:

“Without this food bank, I wouldn’t be able to feed my family through the month. My income is too high to receive SNAP benefits, but I still need help making rent each month since it has doubled in the past two years. I am so grateful for the food bank’s services. Thank you.”

“We look forward to your continuing support and input to further our mission. If I or anyone on staff can help in any way, please do contact us:”

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