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, and Grant Counties:

Food Banks
Entiat Food Bank
Ephrata Food Bank
Quincy Food Bank
Royal City Food Bank
Soap Lake Food Bank
Waterville Food Bank
Meals-on-Wheels
Locations in Chelan and Douglas Counties, including Leavenworth, Chelan, Cashmere, Wenatchee, and East Wenatchee
Mobile Meals
Wenatchee and East Wenatchee

Congregate Meal Site
Chelan
Entiat
Leavenworth
Mansfield

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
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)
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)
RSVP of North Central Washington
P.O. Box 3264
Wenatchee, WA 98807
509-662-3461
Toll Free: 855-853-RSVP (855-853-7787)
e-mail us at: info@rsvpncw.org