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Food

Foothills Food Bank building at the base of a tall forested hill

Food Bank

Anyone living in East Whatcom County that needs food can get assistance from us... for as long as they need it.

 

Individuals and families are welcome to come to our food bank to shop for whatever groceries they may need, according to household size. Guests  are free to select what items they and their households need in any given week. 

In addition to our twice-weekly shopping days, you can also "top up your cupboards" with additional items that we make available on tables outside of the food bank twice a month (see timing below).

What:

We offer fresh and frozen produce, dairy products, meat, proteins, canned and dry goods, and bread. We sometimes offer other items, such as baby food, vitamins, hygiene items, and vegetable starts, when these become available.

 

Where:

At the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center

8255 Kendall Road, Maple Falls, WA

Click for directions

When:

Inside the Food Bank:

Every Tuesday all year long

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

and

Every Thursday—except in winter

June 1 through November 16

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Mobile Pantry Tables outside the Food Bank

Not available during freezing weather

First Saturday of every month

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

- and -

Third Friday of every month

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Happy Pantry "Grab-n-Go"

Not available during freezing weather

Stop by the food bank any day, any time, and check our tables to pick up canned goods and non-perishable packaged items.

Please Bring:

Your own bags or boxes.

How to Qualify:

You must live within the State of Washington and self-certify that your household’s net income falls <400% below the federal poverty level:

Click here to view the qualification chart

 

We do not require proof of income, identity, age, or household size; the only information we request is your address, and the names and ages of individuals in your household. 

Households are welcome to shop with us once per week, choosing whichever day is most convenient.

How You Can Help

Donate Funds

Donate Food

Donate your Time... Volunteer!

Home Delivery

For folks who are homebound due to illness, disability, lack of transportation, or age… making it to the food bank can be difficult.

Foothills Food Bank works to prevent hunger for homebound families and seniors by delivering a pre-packed box or bag of food directly to their home, once a week on Tuesdays.

What:

Community members receiving home delivery fall into two tiers based on household size: Smaller households receive roughly 25-30 pounds of food encompassing non-perishable, dairy, produce, meat, and sliced bread. Larger households receive roughly 50-60 pounds of food from the same categories.

Where:

Delivered to the home.

When:

Once each week, on Tuesday or Friday.

How to Qualify:

If you are receiving home food delivery, you are not eligible for in-person food bank services.

 

Simply send us an email or contact one of our food bank volunteers and we’ll get you set up with delivery.

How You Can Help

We always need delivery driver volunteers!

Click here to fill out a Volunteer Application

Woman in wheelchair receiving a home food delivery
Little girl eating food

Seasonal Pantry for Youth

Many of our community’s youth rely on their school's free/reduced cost meal system to meet their food needs during the school year. However when school is not in session, it can be difficult for these young people to get enough to eat.

Foothills Food Bank's Winter and Spring Pantry Program provides food for any student in need who lives in the Mount Baker School District during their Winter and Spring breaks. In the 2022-2023 school year, we served over 370 households and over 900 kids.

What:

Students who are enrolled in this program are provided with a supply of healthy, kid-friendly, easy-to-prepare snacks and meals to reduce the burden on families who may already be struggling to make ends meet.

Where:

Delivered to the home.

When:

This program delivers food twice a year: just prior to the beginning of Winter and Spring breaks from school.

For students who need food during the summer when school is out, click here > 

How to Qualify:

Families with children attending any school program in the Mount Baker School District are qualified, no questions asked. For more information, or to get your child enrolled in this program, please contact your school’s Family Resource Coordinator.

How You Can Help

This program relies on financial donations, donated food, and sponsorships. If you are willing to become a sponsor, please send us an email.

Additional Resources

Get Help With
Food Stamps

Get More Food at Farmer's Markets

Your EBT (food stamp) dollars can go even further when you shop at our local farmer's market! Click the logo to find out where and when:

Twin Sisters Farmers Market Logo

Get More Assistance from Whatcom County
SNAP-Ed Live Well

Live Well is an online resource that helps Washington state families make healthy changes in their homes and neighborhoods, by...

 

  • Teaching you how to PLAN ahead to save money on food

  • Sharing healthy recipes that are easy to COOK and help stretch your food budget

  • Sharing additional resources to obtain food to EAT 

  • Providing options to help your family MOVE, exercise, and play

SNAP EBT Food Stamps Farmers Market Program

Education

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Free Classes
at Foothills Food Bank

In partnership with WSU Whatcom County Extension SNAP-Ed, Foothills Food Bank periodically offers free cooking classes covering a variety of cooking tips and tricks, nutrition education, budgeting, and grocery store hacks. Most of the classes also include gift bags including items ranging from produce and kitchen supplies, to cookbooks.

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