Green Bag Volunteer-Hunger Relief


Dear Neighbor,
In the past few years since the recession hit, the face of hunger is changing. Food banks are now seeing people who have never had to ask for assistance before come through their lines. Locally, our food banks have experienced an increase in demand as much as 18%. One in four children in the Wenatchee area is hungry, as well as one in ten adults.

The North Central Washington Food Distribution Center, run by the Chelan-Douglas CommunityAction Council, distributes food to 12 local area food banks and 5 meal programs. They distributed over 1.1 million pounds of food last year, but still that is not enough to reach the high demand they’ve been experiencing.

Is there a way to reach out to your neighbors and help provide a steady supply of food for our food banks?

We think so — with the program you see right here! or Call 509-860-4334

We’ll give you this cool green bag, and all you do is add non-perishable food items. We’ll pick it up and deliver it to food banks. This program has been a great success in other Washington communities, as well as in Oregon and California.

Get involved with this simple, yet effective program and contact us today!

Your simple gesture will make a difference.
With Your Help:
Three Simple Steps:
1. Each time you go shopping, buy one extra non-perishable food item.
2. Store it in your reusable bag.
3. On the second Saturday of every other month, a volunteer will pick up the bag, leave another bag in its place, and take the filled bag to a food bank.
Healthier food ideas
Canned tomatoes
Canned meats (tuna, chicken, etc.)
Canned chili
Canned Beans & Lentils
Canned vegetables (green beans, peas, carrots, spinach)
Canned pumpkin
Canned fruit in juice
Peanut butter
Whole wheat crackers
Granola bars
Hot cereal
Dried fruits
Pasta & rice
Dried beans, lentils

Aging & Adult Long Term Care Ombuds

“ A Long Term Care Ombuds (Ombuds) is a trained, certified, and authorized volunteer (through the Washington State Ombudsman’s Office) that advocates for residents living in long term care community like nursing homes, assisted living, and adult family homes. Ombuds are needed to assist residents understand and exercise their rights and to become self-advocates in order to achieve and maintain quality of life and quality of care while living in a LTC community. This includes informing residents, families, and others about their rights; representing their interests; visiting regularly; and identifying, investigating and resolving complaints.” Ombuds in North Central Washington are most needed in Twisp / Winthrop – Othello – Waterville – Wenatchee / East Wenatchee – Leavenworth – and Moses Lake. Other areas include Waterville – Tonasket – Odessa – and Ritzville. All volunteer Ombuds are reimbursed for their training and travel expenses based on State Per Diem rates.

Address Hunger in Okanogan County

We have a number of opportunities to help address hunger in Okanogan County, including:
  • Food for All Gleaning Leader
  • Food for All Gleaning Guru
  • Food for All Garden Manager
  • Food for All Garden Crew
To learn more about these volunteer opportunities, contact RSVP of NCW at 509-662-3461, or send an e-mail to

Senior Falls Prevention Opportunities

Seniors falling and injuring themselves are one of the primary reasons for hospital admissions for older adults and one of the reasons people are unable to continue to live independently in their own homes. Exercise programs focused on strength and balance for older adults have been shown to be effective ways to reduce falls. We currently support RSVP volunteers at Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) programs in Okanogan County (Brewster, Loomis, Oroville, Tonasket, Twisp, Omak and Riverside) Adams County (Ritzville),  Lincoln County (Wilbur) as well as at a number of sites in Chelan and Douglas Counties. We’re interested in supporting other SAIL programs in communities in Okanogan, Grant, Adams, and Lincoln Counties. If you’re interested in partnering with us on a SAIL program to help prevent senior falls in your community, or would like to attend free training to become a SAIL instructor, please contact us.

RSVP of North Central Washington
620 Lewis St.
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Toll Free: 855-853-RSVP (855-853-7787)
e-mail us at:


Literacy Council Opportunities

We partner with the Literacy Council of Chelan and Douglas Counties located in Wenatchee. Volunteers teach English as a Second Language and basic literacy skills to economically disadvantaged individuals one-on-one or in small groups. No other language than English necessary. No prior teaching experience necessary. Free training and support is provided. Three hours per week commitment (2 days – 1.5 hours per day) based on your schedule.

Literacy Council of Chelan and Douglas Counties

Please contact us if you’re interested in this volunteer opportunity.

RSVP of North Central Washington
P.O. Box 3264
Wenatchee, WA 98807
Toll Free: 855-853-RSVP (855-853-7787)
e-mail us at:

Food Security Opportunities

Poverty is closely linked to hunger and food insecurity. Clearly, having the resources to obtain necessary food is critical to reducing hunger and food insecurity. Not having the resources to obtain food is one of the primary reasons people skip meals and slip from food insecurity into hunger. Poverty and the resulting hunger and food insecurity caused by poverty are critical issues in North Central Washington. Volunteers with RSVP-NCW help increase the capacity of local organizations to address hunger and food insecurity issues and help those organizations to increase food security and reduce hunger in the communities we serve.

Volunteer Opportunities in Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, Grant, Adams and Lincoln Counties:

Food Banks
Cashmere Food Bank
Entiat Food Bank
Ephrata Food Bank
Quincy Food Bank
Ritzville Food Bank
Rock Island Food Bank
Royal City Food Bank
Soap Lake Food Bank
Sprague Food Bank
Tonasket Food Bank
Waterville Food Bank
Wenatchee Food Bank
Locations in Chelan and Douglas Counties, including Leavenworth, Chelan, Cashmere, Waterville, Wenatchee, and East Wenatchee
Mobile Meals
Wenatchee and East Wenatchee

Congregate Meal Site

Gleaning Programs
RSVP is partnering with Community Farm Connection to recruit volunteers 55 and older to help reduce hunger in our region. Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of interesting, hands-on tasks, including:
  • Plant A Row volunteers plant one or more extra rows of veggies in their gardens. When harvest time comes, volunteers donate the produce of the extra rows to their regional food bank.
  • Produce & Gleaner Driving Volunteers use their personal vehicles to transport Gleaning Volunteers to and from worksites and/or to transport donated fruits and veggies to local emergency food providers.
  • Farmer’s Market Gleaning Volunteers will attend regional farmer’s markets and solicit food donations from shoppers and, at the conclusion of the market, vendors. These volunteers will load and oversee transport of donations to local emergency food providers.
  • Vegetable & Fruit Gleaning. Volunteers will travel to the property of produce donors and harvest crops. Volunteers will then load food for transport to local emergency food providers.

Volunteer opportunities in Okanogan County:

Gleaning is the act of collecting leftover produce after a field or orchard has been harvested for commercial purposes. Okanogan County is a bountiful agricultural area with many fruit orchards and vegetable producers. The Food For All gleaning program is an effective way to increase the amount of healthy foods available for those in need within Okanogan County.
Come glean fresh produce for the food banks while enjoying the agriculture scene of the Okanogan.  Weekly on-call events available.

Please contact RSVP for more information.

Share your gardening skills in Okanogan
The Okanogan County Community Action Council is looking for volunteers to share their gardening skills with others in the community. The following volunteer opportunities are available. Please contact RSVP for more information.
Food Bank Garden
The Food For All garden located on the south end of the Okanogan County Community Action Council building grows food for the food bank. The apple bin boxes utilize the square-foot method of gardening providing a direct link from soil to shopping bag for our food bank clients in Okanogan. Come volunteer during food bank hours on Mondays and Thursdays from 9am-11am. Plant, weed and harvest, learn how to grow vegetables!
Garden Mentoring
Become a Garden Mentor for low-income families in Okanogan County. If you’re an experienced gardener and would like to help new families grow nutritious fruits and vegetables consider becoming a mentor
Garden Building
We will be building ten gardens next spring for low-income families. If you’d like to learn the Square Foot Gardening method, a great solution for small space gardening and for helping low-income families increase their fruit and vegetable consumption, consider helping out on garden building and/or planting parties.

Share your cooking and preserving skills in Okanogan
The Okanogan County Community Action Council is looking for volunteers to share their cooking and food preserving skills with others in the community. The following volunteer opportunities are available. Please contact RSVP for more information.

Nutritional Dinners/Food Preservation Education
Growing, Gardening, Gleaning Together (GGGT) will put on 18 classes in 2012 and we are looking for instructors and volunteers to help.  Classes will include canning workshops demonstrating the techniques of both hot water bath and pressure canning; dehydrating/freezing class which will demonstrate the techniques around freezing and drying foods to be stored through the winter.  The nutrition component includes nutritional dinners with education on how the dinner was prepared and key points of nutritional value of the dinner.
Okanogan Food Banks looking for volunteers
The Okanogan County Community Action Council is looking for volunteers who are interested in helping to sort, package, and distribute food in food banks throughout the county. Volunteer opportunities are available at the following locations, please contact RSVP for more information:
Brewster (Thursdays, 9:00am – 11:00am)
Conconully (1st & 3rd Wed, 1:30pm – 3:00pm)
Okanogan (Mondays & Thursdays, 9:00am – 11:00am)
Omak (Mondays & Thursdays, 9:00am – 11:00am)
Oroville (Thursdays, 9:30am – 11:30am)
Tonasket (Thursdays, 9:00am to 11:00am)
Twisp/Methow (Thursdays, 1:00pm – 4:00pm)
Wauconda (2nd & 4th Thursdays, 1:00pm – 2:00pm)
RSVP of North Central Washington
620 Lewis St.
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Toll Free: 855-853-RSVP (855-853-7787)
e-mail us at:


Disaster Opportunities

Disasters are a common occurrence in North Central Washington. Wildfires and flash floods are common natural disasters in our region, but single family house fires are the most common disaster facing families. RSVP partners with the Apple Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross to provide relief to victims of disasters and to help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Opportunities are available in disaster education, disaster response, blood drives, and services to military families. Please contact us for more information.

Volunteers will serve in Chelan, Douglas, or Grant Counties

American Red Cross, Apple Valley Chapter

Please contact us if you’re interested in this volunteer opportunity.

RSVP of North Central Washington
P.O. Box 3264
Wenatchee, WA 98807
Toll Free: 855-853-RSVP (855-853-7787)
e-mail us at: