Board & Staff

Dedicated people. Feeding hungry families. That’s what our board and staff are all about.

Learn why our staff love working here…and what their guilty pleasures are!

 OUR STAFF

Mike Cohen,
Executive Director

Email Mike: mike@bellinghamfoodbank.org

Nobody’s sure exactly what he does, but he’s there every day.

GUILTY FOOD PLEASURE

Anything fried, oysters, potatoes, veggies…

WHAT’S TO LOVE ABOUT WORKING AT BFB

Incredible people everywhere.

Drew Butler,
Operations Manager

Email Drew: drewb@bellinghamfoodbank.org

The lucky one. He spends more time with volunteers and the families we serve than any other staff member.

GUILTY FOOD PLEASURE

Chanterelle mushrooms sautéed with butter.

WHAT’S TO LOVE ABOUT WORKING AT BFB

Loves the food bank because of all of the fabulous volunteers.

Nina Cathersal,
Office Administrator

Email Nina: ninac@bellinghamfoodbank.org

Supporting all of our work, a REALLY big job.

GUILTY FOOD PLEASURE

Cheese.

WHAT’S TO LOVE ABOUT WORKING AT BFB

All of the people—volunteers, clients, staff and board.

Matt Cooper,
Warehouse Manager

Email Matt: mattc@bellinghamfoodbank.org

He moves food, lots of it, like 6 million pounds a year.

GUILTY FOOD PLEASURE

Anything from the sea…. cooked or not.

WHAT’S TO LOVE ABOUT WORKING AT BFB

Working with interesting,  good hearted people.

Kristin Costanza,
Donor Stewardship Coordinator

Email Kristin: kristinc@bellinghamfoodbank.org

She gets to say “thank you” a lot.

GUILTY FOOD PLEASURE

Coconut milk cookie dough ice cream!

WHAT’S TO LOVE ABOUT WORKING AT BFB

I get to be a part of so many people’s story of hope, and connect members of our community with their passions.

Melanie Danner,
Grocery Rescue Trucker

Email Melanie: melanied@bellinghamfoodbank.org

Happily rescuing thousands of pounds a day from food destined for the dumpster.

GUILTY FOOD PLEASURE

Too many to count (but we are guessing pickled pigs feet are on the list).

WHAT’S TO LOVE ABOUT WORKING AT BFB

Supporting my community and seeing the interesting and strange food that comes through the food bank.

Max Morange,
Emerging Projects Coordinator

Email Max: max@bellinghamfoodbank.org

Looking upstream and working out the details as we focus on the health of our community.

GUILTY FOOD PLEASURE

Stinky cheese.

WHAT’S TO LOVE ABOUT WORKING AT BFB

The positive attitude of our staff, clients, and donors.  Fresh and healthy food for everyone–a small good thing in a world full of challenges.

Bob Norton,
Finance Director

Email Bob: bobn@bellinghamfoodbank.org

Chief bean counter-dried beans and other types.

GUILTY FOOD PLEASURE

BBQ Bacon Blue Ring Burger from Fiamma Burger.

WHAT’S TO LOVE ABOUT WORKING AT BFB

I get to work with great people every day, helping hungry people have enough to eat.

Julia Raider,
Garden Project Coordinator

Email Julia: gardenproject@bellinghamfoodbank.org

Empowering others to get their hands in the soil and grow their own produce.

GUILTY FOOD PLEASURE

Coffee

WHAT’S TO LOVE ABOUT WORKING AT BFB

The compassionate nature of staff and volunteers is endlessly inspiring. The Garden Project, in particular, creatively builds community connection and health. I love it all!

Roland VandenBos,
Facilities Assistant

Email Roland: rolandv@bellinghamfoodbank.org

Most understated title and staff member. He’s everywhere, never stops moving, and is older than the rest of us.

GUILTY FOOD PLEASURE

Spanish chorizo or smoked meats.

WHAT’S TO LOVE ABOUT WORKING AT BFB

Loves the food bank because of the volunteers who choose to spend their time making a difference.

OUR BOARD

Jamie K. Donaldson
President

Bill Chambers    
Vice President

Cheryl Souza    
Secretary

Cathie Cobean    
Treasurer

Stephanie Ashton
Bill Banasky

Margaret Hardiman
Scott Jones
Jim Loeb
Neah Monteiro
Betsy Pernotto
Kim Sutton
Rachael Weasley

At Bellingham Food Bank

Nearly 20% of Bellingham’s residents regularly visit our food bank. Hard to believe, but it’s true. Check out how we feed our neighbors and learn how you can join the fight. Nobody should be hungry in Bellingham.

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Whatcom County Food Banks

Hunger is everywhere in Whatcom County—so are our partner food banks. We support food banks in Blaine, Lynden, Point Roberts and other towns all across Whatcom County. Our food bank is the hunger relief hub for our region. We love supporting our hunger fighting partners!

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Food Resources

Need food? Want to apply for food stamps? Looking for a meal program? Learn about many of the hunger relief programs that can help you or your neighbor.

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Satellite Food Banks

We are working hard to increase our accessibility to hungry Bellingham families. Thanks to support from Whatcom Community Foundation, we distribute food weekly at Christ the King Community Church and Alderwood Elementary School. Same great food, just at different locations.

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