Food Bank Fresh

We love local farmers, we really do.

They are a vital part of our local food system and of our food bank. Each winter, we meet with our Food Bank Fresh farmers to determine what we want them to grow for us during the upcoming season. We pay each farm in the winter for food they will grow and deliver all spring, summer, and fall. Because we pay them up front, they give us a really good deal. We can’t share how good a deal it is because you may get jealous, but trust us when we say that Food Bank Fresh is good for local farmers and hungry families alike.

Food Bank Fresh guarantees our families will be able to get the best, freshest, local veggies at our food bank nearly every month of the year. Beautiful carrots, beets, cauliflower, kale and more can be found at our food bank. It’s really a treat to be able to buy great food from such committed growers.

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Small Potatoes Gleaning

Small Potatoes Gleaning Project works with local farms to recover vegetables that would be plowed back into the ground. Volunteers glean more than 200,000 pounds of produce each year and deliver to more than two dozen food banks and meal programs across Whatcom County.

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Small Potatoes Gleaning Opportunities

Small Potatoes Gleaning Project works with local farms to recover vegetables that would be plowed back into the ground. Volunteers glean more than 200,000 pounds of produce each year and deliver to more than two dozen food banks and meal programs across Whatcom County.

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Grocery Rescue

Food waste is an issue that contributes to hunger, and we applaud our local food retailers for their efforts to reduce their waste. The majority of what gets rescued by the Food Bank ends up with families, but even the items that are no longer fit for human consumption help to create compost and feed livestock, in…

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Victory Gardens

Our Victory Gardens program encourages home gardeners to donate surplus produce to Bellingham Food Bank. Each year our families benefit from more than 50,000 pounds of food donated from local Victory Gardens.

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Milk Money

35 percent of food bank clients are children, and fresh milk is an essential component of growing children’s diets. Our Milk Money program enlists groups to raise some of the funds needed for monthly milk purchases.

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Food4Tots

This program enlists sponsors to collect baby food or funds to purchase baby food and formula so our smallest and most vulnerable clients get fed.

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Garden Project

This program recruits volunteers to build small, raised-bed gardens for low-income individuals and families. We provide all the necessary materials and these gardens generate great food and so much more.

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Food Drives

A food drive can be a wonderful thing! But not all food drives are created equal. Read these tips and tricks to make sure your food drive is a smashing success.

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