Grocery Rescue

Hate waste? So do we. Lots of grocers throw away an astonishing amount of quality food. Luckily, our food bank works with Bellingham grocery stores, bakeries, and other food vendors to rescue what they would be throwing away. Each day our grocery rescue truck visits more than a dozen locations to keep good food out of the landfill, making it available to hungry food bank families.

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 turn producing future food yields.

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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

Check here for scheduled volunteer events with Small Potatoes Gleaning Project!

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Food Bank Fresh

By partnering with local famers in the Winter, we get a bounty of fresh food, at very reasonable prices, in the Spring and Summer. It’s a win-win.

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Food & Fund Drives

We are successful because our community wants us to be! Food and fund drives ensure we have enough to share with all of our neighbors in need.

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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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