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Food Assistance Programs

The pleasure of eating delicious, wholesome food belongs to everyone. But not everyone has a place at the table. The following programs help make good food available to all of us.

Food Banks

Each year the food pantries in our area distribute nearly 800,000 meals to seniors, adults, and children who need food assistance. Whatcom County Food Banks: Bellingham, Foothills, Lynden, Ferndale, Blaine

Other Food Assistance programs:
- Food and Food and Meal Resources in Whatcom County (pdf)
- Food Stamp Information for Students (pdf)

SNAP/EBT Program

The SNAP/EBT program (food stamps) brings federal dollars into our community by assisting eligible individuals and families to purchase food, including fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers' markets.

EBT may be used at the Bellingham Farmers Markets! Visit the Information Booth at the Saturday Market. They will swipe your benefits card and provide you with $1 wooden tokens that can be to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy at either the Wednesday Market (June-Sept, Noon-5pm, 1207 10th St., Fairhaven) or the Saturday Market (April-December, 10am-3pm, 1100 Railroad Ave., Downtown).

Farmers Market Nutrition Program

The Farmers Market Nutrition Program assists limited-income seniors, women, infants, and children by providing checks that are redeemable for fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers’ markets.

WIC Vegetables & Fruits Check Program

Until recently, participants in the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program could redeem their monthly checks only at food stores and pharmacies. Thanks to a new WIC Vegetables and Fruits program, moms can now use their WIC checks to buy eligible fresh produce at farmers’ markets. Purchases must be made from authorized market vendors.

Summer Food for Schoolchildren

The Summer Food Service Program helps children 18 or younger get healthy meals when school is out during the summer. Call your school’s office to learn whether summer meals are available in your community.

- EWRRC: Summer Meals Program

School Meal Program

The national school meal program makes healthy breakfasts and lunches available to all students daily. Children from low- or moderate-income households qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Simply by applying for the meal program—even if your child never accepts a meal—you can help your school qualify for federal funding to purchase such things as new kitchen equipment or healthier cafeteria options. Children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals are not publicly identified in any way. See your district website or contact your school office to receive an application.

Community Links

Food and Nutrition Opportunity Council


 

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WSU Whatcom County Extension • 1000 N. Forest St., Bellingham, WA 98225 • (360) 778-5800 • whatcom@wsu.edu