About Us

We envision a community with a thriving food system where everyone has equitable access to the food they need and want. We reduce hunger by 1) creating access to high quality, desirable food and other essentials 2) building a responsive regional hunger relief network, and 3) disrupting racism, as food justice is social justice. We believe hunger is unacceptable and are committed to deepening our impact on both the immediate needs of hunger and their root causes in our communities.

The Bellingham Food Bank began over 50 years ago in 1972 as a place where people could find support and food donated by the community. We have changed a lot since then. Challenges presented by COVID and the 2021 floods encouraged us to adapt and create our Drive Through and Home Delivery programs. We expanded our food purchasing model and worked to reduce barriers to accessing our services by adding more hours and culturally relevant foods. We now also serve as a distribution center that collects and sends over 3 million lbs. of food each year to other Whatcom County Food Banks that we collaborate with. We have grown massively in recent years with our numbers more than doubling from 2021 -2022. As we grow and face new challenges, we continue to push our limits to redefine what food banking can mean in Whatcom County and beyond.

Contact Us

General Information

Erin Vonnahme
Administration Specialist

Línea de Información en Español

Israel Valladares & Eve Rivera
Operations Specialists
360-676-0392 x 7


Melanie Danner
Operations Manager
360-676-0392 x 1006

Home Delivery

Sierra Thomas
Operations & Home Delivery Specialist
360-676-0392 x 1004

Monetary Donations & Events

Stephanie Sisson
Communications & Outreach Coordinator
360-676-0392 x 1007

Food Donation & Warehouse

Matt Cooper
Warehouse Manager
360-676-0392 x 1012

Docking & Shipments

Alex Weathersby
Warehouse Lead
360-676-0392 x 1011

Executive Director

Mike Cohen
Executive Director
360-676-0392 x 1003

Our Team

We consider ourselves lucky to have such a vibrant and engaged team of hundreds of volunteers and 19 staff members. Thank you for your support and participation in feeding our community one step at a time.

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