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, and Grant Counties:
Congregate Meal Site
- 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.
Please contact RSVP for more information.
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
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.
Brewster (Thursdays, 9:00am – 11:00am)Bridgeport (2nd & 4th Fridays, 1:00pm – 2:30pm)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)