Dear friends,

We want a community with a thriving food system where everyone has equitable access to the food they need and want. But how do we get there? In the past, we have relied on donated food. However, donated food isn’t always the food people need, and relying on donated food alone didn’t work to create equity in the food system. In the past 5 years, we have we have built new strategies and nourished relationships to better match our values. The impact of these relationships is most clear in our work with local farmers.

Farming is a tough, unpredictable job with low profits and high costs. It is even harder for new farmers or farmers of Black and Indigenous communities of color (BIPOC) who are historically under-supported. BFB’s pre-season agreements and pre-paid contracts take away uncertainty, supporting growers who are critical to the thriving local food system we believe in. When farms can keep their land and business, it adds to the food security of the wider community. 41% of our local food agreements are with BIPOC growers who have helped BFB enormously by selling us crops that are meaningful to shoppers from a wide range of cultural identities.

If it wasn’t for our connection with shoppers looking for culturally relevant food, we could not draft agreements that support farms in growing this food locally. Just by using the food bank as a resource, shoppers increase our strength and our ability to commit to our values. So in whatever way you interact with BFB, know that: Your presence when you get food is valued, your food donations fly off shelves, your time fuels our day-to-day operations, and your financial donations foster a more just local food system. Together, every effort matters.

Stephanie Sisson

Outreach Coordinator

Not only do we source produce from farms, we grow it ourselves via our partnership with Boxx Berry farms! To learn more go to


We'd like to spotlight Agape Service Project, which runs a seasonal food bank in Lynden centering Indigenous and Latino farmworkers. People of color, indigenous folks, immigrants, and rural communities are disproportionately hungry. It’s been a joy and an honor to work with Agape’s staff to plan and source food for the farmworker community. At the start, Agape planned to serve 350 families per week, but that quickly grew to serving more than 750 families each week. When they are open, Agape is the second busiest food bank in Whatcom County. Known for its vibrant community spirit, Agape is a place of joy, deep care, and gratitude. We look forward to continuing this partnership as Agape concludes this year and we plan together for the next.


An inside look at the Home Delivery program which increases food access by delivering fresh food to over 750 home bound shoppers!

Ethan Hunger raises over $66,000

It is an honor to work with Ethan as he blazes past his own fundraising goals and pushes his athletic limits with the Hunger VS Hunger Campaign. As a dedicated box packing volunteer, Ethan shows up every week with a thoughtful smile. We hope the Hunger Vs Hunger fundraiser is even bigger next year and would love for you to join us!

The Northwest WA Fair Collects 5.8 Tons of Food Donations!

In a single day the Northwest Washington fair was able to collect 5.8 tons of non-perishable food donations that will be distributed across the whole Whatcom County Food Bank Network! By working as a network distribution center, we help to send food to rural communities.

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