December 6th. The Clark County Food Bank welcomed a new food distribution center to serve the 27 agencies and food pantries that provide emergency food services to the area. Kathy Corwin, Corwin Beverage; Carol VanNatta, OSU Foundation; and Judith Youde, donor and volunteer were on hand for the festivities. Local officials, dignitaries and board members join food pantry representatives and local citizens in dedicating this warehouse that increases food capacity, provides meeting space and serves as a community hub for food education. (Photo Credit, Andie Petkus)

Pete Monroe, Clark County; Jim Youde, CCFB Board President; Donna Horenstein, CCFB Board Member; George Kaufer, President, FISH of Vancouver and CCFB Board Member

Pete Monroe, Clark County; Jim Youde, CCFB Board President; Donna Horenstein, CCFB Board Member; George Kaufer, President, FISH of Vancouver and CCFB Board Member

Emcee John McDonagh, Editor of the Vancouver Business Journal, noted that the Food Bank delivered 3.7 million pounds of food to 114,000 families last year.  With this new warehouse and distribution facility, storage space more than doubles with additional capacity for cold food storage, freezer space and dry storage space.

Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt; John McDonagh, Vancouver Business Journal; Schuyler Hoss, SW Washington Regional Director, Governor Christine Gregoire; and Rick Melching, Community Foundation of SW Washington

Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt; John McDonagh, Vancouver Business Journal; Schuyler Hoss, SW Washington Regional Director, Governor Christine Gregoire; and Rick Melching, Community Foundation of SW Washington

 

Admiring crowd

The admiring crowd enjoyed the event

This important project was completed by a volunteer board and the generosity of the State of Washington, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and a Community Development Block Grant from the County and City and over $1.75 million in philanthropic investments.

CCFB Board Member Al Kirkwood and Board President Jim Youde

CCFB Board Member Al Kirkwood and Board President Jim Youde

 

The mission of the Clark County Food Bank is to alleviate hunger and its root causes in Clark County Washington.

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