Port Angeles Food Bank is an outstanding recipient of Food Lifeline’s Agency Excellence Award!
The Port Angeles Food Bank worked hard to make a few incredible things happen this year. First, they made amazing strides to respond to their client’s needs by converting their Client Choice distribution line to a points-based grocery model. They removed the previous fixtures, added additional coolers, and replaced a warehouse door frame in a whirlwind 24 hours!
Their goal was to allow their clients to truly make their own choices for what they eat. They encouraged healthier choices by following the My Plate color and category structure, and increased point value for less nutritious items. For example, a client could get two cans of vegetables or one can of ravioli. They saw an immediate change in their client’s choices. Folks were making healthier choices and taking food they will eat, which reduces waste.
Port Angeles Food Bank also partnered with Olympic Community Action Programs to bring The Emergency Food Assistance Program to their food bank. They also worked to bring the Commodity Supplemental Food Program to Clallam County. The addition of these program will raise the Washington State Department of Agriculture statistics to more accurately reflect hunger in their rural county. In the first couple weeks offering TEFAP, all but three of their clients qualified and signed up! These new programs also increase access to healthy food for both their low income and senior clients.
They’ve also partnered with their local school district to provide students with bags of food over spring break. These ‘break bags’ consisted of fresh produce, dairy, meat, bread, and pantry essentials. Port Angeles Food Bank continues to emphasize helping the kids in their community.
Thank you Port Angeles Food Bank, for all your work in improving the lives of your community members!