The Food Distribution project is the Council’s effort, in partnership with local food banks and soup kitchens, to combat hunger. USDA Surplus Commodities provide a variety of staples, including canned vegetables, dry goods, tuna, and peanut butter, which are distributed to participating soup kitchens and food banks throughout Lewis, Mason, Thurston, and Kitsap Counties.
Food banks distribute packaged food to eligible individuals and households while the soup kitchens prepare congregate meals for the hungry. In our service area, the participating providers have increased to 26 food banks and 6 soup kitchens to accommodate the growing emergency nutritional needs within our communities. Commodities are distributed to these local providers through a central warehouse located in Shelton, WA.
Emergency Food Assistance Program
The mission of the Emergency Food Assistance Program is to alleviate hunger in the state of Washington by providing funds, technical assistance, and information to community programs that deliver emergency food and services to hungry people.
For both the food bank and voucher program, the state sets a minimum requirement that clients simply declare they do not have the resources to feed themselves and their families. Food banks and tribes may have additional requirements, such as the client must live in a certain geographic area or they only access services so many times within a year. However, providers may not discriminate against any class of people.