Dear Friends,

We are engaged in really exciting and inspired work here at Bellingham Food Bank, largely thanks to the support we continue to receive from community members like you. This work is hard and expensive, but we know it’s the work we need to do to fight hunger where we live. We are committed to keeping it going with your help.

We re-opened for in person shopping in July 2021 with double our previous open hours. We have continued to grow our satellite food distributions and to expand our robust home delivery program. This summer we are working with partners to create food access for hundreds of farm worker families at or near their housing while they pick berries that will eventually find their way around the world. In all of our programming we are trying to listen more to our customers about the types of food they seek and are familiar with to inform our purchasing.

Expanded hours, growing programming, the end of many useful pandemic benefits and inflation result in our food bank being unbelievably busy. Bellingham Food Bank is more than 125% busier today than we were pre-pandemic. Each week, more than 3,500 households receive critically needed food from our food bank. To keep up with this demand we are buying more food than we ever anticipated, even after budgeting for significant growth. We buy truckloads of healthy, fresh food and continue to do our best to purchase culturally familiar foods, as well as food from local growers year-round. This has significantly increased our spending and has dramatically improved the food banking experience in positive ways.

Some may feel that people who visit food banks should be happy with whatever is available because it is offered without charge. We believe the opposite. 

We believe true anti-hunger work is about people deserving access to a wide variety of nutritious foods that enrich their bodies and affirm their culture. Addressing social and economic inequities is central to our mission, and that has been reinforced as we continue to engage in equity learning. We know that hunger reaches people of color, immigrants, and others who are most impacted by racism and oppression more than other community members, and we must interrupt harmful systems to help more people get what they need. We expect the coming months to continue to challenge us. We will meet the challenges we face with the strength of your support alongside us as you help us to give ALL people access to the food they need.


-Mike Cohen,

Executive Director


The 2022 raspberry harvest is winding down and so too is a season of incredible summer satellite food distribution. In all, we have worked with four different farm housing locations in Northern Whatcom County and supported the Agape Food Bank in their new location on the grounds of the Lynden School District, a distinct part of a greater collaboration called Viviendo Bien (Living Well) that aims to support a nutritional culture shift for farmworker families. 

These partnerships have grown since 2018 when we first planned seasonal satellite locations that would increase healthy food access for farmworkers, most of whom face multiple barriers to food security. Agape Service Project has been BFB’s principal partner in that work and staffs the delivery and distribution of food to all the locations mentioned. This leaves BFB to focus on sourcing the food, raising funds for the programming, and supporting our allies so that they have the resources needed to make their work—our work—thrive. Per Max Morange, Emerging Projects Manager at BFB, “by investing in the organizations and people already known and trusted within the farmworker community, we’ve been able to vastly improve the delivery mechanism and the impact this initiative can have. Just as important, we can also receive and incorporate guidance from farmworker families on the cultural relevance of the food bank menu we create together.”

Agape Food Bank and the four seasonal farmworker housing sites served have seen almost double the number of families reached this year over previous years. When asked, many families have reported that they see their feedback about menu reflected in what is available. We hope that additional collaboration with these families will be possible thanks to the Agape Food Bank’s new location at the Lynden School District and that BFB’s collective work with our partners will lead to better address of the other access and equity challenges farmworkers face.

Pictured: Agape Food Bank


Are you seeking community connection? Enjoy physical activity? Apply to volunteer at BFB!

While specific volunteer positions are always in flux, we consistently seek helpers who can make an ongoing commitment to a once weekly shift, and those who are able to stand and lift for about 4 hours at a time. Orientation and training are provided to all prospective volunteers.

Visit to learn more and apply today!

Pictured: Volunteering at BFB



We will miss retired warehouse staff Roland and Bill, and we welcome Cole Bitzenburg and Ansel Thorington to our warehouse staff.


We have welcomed three new members to our board of directors in 2022: Rocio Castillo-Foell, Carlos Morales and Justin Remaklus.


Pictured: Cole Bitzenburg (left) and Ansel Thorington (right)


Volunteer and amateur athlete Ethan Hunger burned over 11,000 calories in a day on July 16 to raise funds for BFB! 

See his page to learn more at


Pictured: Ethan Hunger and Jake Birnel during a 110 mile bike ride


BFB first partnered with Medical Teams International (MTI) to host free COVID-19 vaccine clinics. This summer, MTI is back with their free dental bus program.

Volunteer dentists join community appointment volunteers to treat urgent dental needs, like tooth extractions, without the need for insurance. Each clinic treats 12 people and more are scheduled through September.

Pictured: MTI Dental Bus at BFB

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