Community Support

6 Ways You Can Support the Food Bank

Donate Food

Drop off food you’ve purchased or garden surplus on Food Distribution Days.

Food Drive

Organize a Food Drive at your place of business or through your Community Organization. Learn more

Community Service

Community Service for Selah School District student volunteers, Scouts, area organizations wanting to join in service for those in need.

Volunteer

Your help is needed to set up, transport food, and assist clients on the Food Distribution days. Learn more

Donate Funds

Your donated funds will help us reduce the debt on our new building and meet the needs of our community. Ways to Donate.

Get the Word Out

Share Food Bank social media posts so that more people can learn about the work of the Selah Naches Food Bank.

Community Support

Community support has also been tremendous in keeping our Food Bank well stocked. We receive weekly food donations from Our Lady of Lourdes Church (our founding and supporting mainstay) and Selah Grocery Outlet, twice a month distribution from NW Harvest, and monthly food donations from Wray’s in Selah. When Northwest Harvest holds its annual county-wide food drives, we also benefit from a sizeable donation of the foods collected.

Yearly Food Drives held by businesses and organizations including: Pingrey’s Peanut Butter Drive, US Post Office – Selah, Selah Police Department, and Grocery Outlet’s month-long in-house food drive. The Selah School District holds periodic food drives on all campuses: John Campbell, the Selah Intermediate, Selah Middle School, and Selah High School.

Many of our small businesses have held one day food drives at their locations throughout the year with most concentrated around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

We also receive many anonymous donations of food and money from individuals in our community. Local gardeners, farmers, and orchardists share surplus vegetables and fruit from their harvest and even eggs have been generously donated to the Food Bank.

Food donations are accepted during our food distribution times. If you have a large donation,  we may be able to arrange pickup by volunteers.

If you’re interested in organizing a food drive, please call Dave Ripperger at 509-379-1885, or contact us for more information.

Thank you to our 2023 Food Donors

We are fortunate to have tremendous support from our community. Food Drives and Donations in 2023:

Grocery Outlet
Selah Police
Wray’s “Selah”
Operation Harvest/Rotary
Our Lady of Lourdes
Voshenekin Boys
Zirkle Fruit
Red Lobster
Union Gospel Mission
Gym Kids
Thompson Farm
Methodist Church
Selah Post Office
Cold Liner Express
Selah Royalty
Green Gardening
Lince School
Bible Memorial Church
McDonalds “Selah”
Peace Lutheran Church
Selah Football Team

Heritage Grove
Prather Farm
Therapeutic Ass. “P.T.” Selah
McDonalds “Yakima”
Stone Church “Yakima”
US Bank
Harvest Church
Pacific N.W. 4 Wheel Drive Assoc.
Kids Market
Mt. Lutheran Church
Ahtanum Berry Patch
Wendy Bend Farm
Stone Church “Selah”
Graft Ass./ BHUC
Buckner Freight Line
“A” Trucker
Selah Girl Scouts troop 6019
Baldridge Farm
FHA
Handcocks Farm
H&R Taxes “Selah”

A big thank you as well to all our Anonymous Donors in 2023!

Donations Needed

Non-Perishable Food

Fruits & Vegetables

Meat, Milk, Eggs

Personal Needs items

Although our non perishable food supply needs change from month to month, we are always in need of cereals, boxed meals like Hamburger Helper or Rice a Roni, flour, sugar, baking items, chili, canned fruit and vegetables, and juices.

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Donate by Check

Please make checks payable to “Selah Naches Food Bank“, and mail your donation to:

Selah Naches Food Bank
P.O. Box 1029
Selah, WA 98942

Donate by Credit Card or PayPal

The Selah Naches Food Bank is a tax exempt non-profit organization; your donation is tax deductible. Our 501(C)(3) Tax ID is #86-373374.

Volunteers Needed

Join with our current volunteers in fulfilling the jobs they’re performing that support the food needs of members of our community. Just a few of the areas we need volunteers for are as follows:

At the Food Bank:

Volunteers are always welcome and needed! Our Distribution Days are Monday and Friday from 9:00am to Noon and on Wednesday from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

  • Restock shelves an hour before and after distribution days on Monday and Friday mornings and Wednesday evenings
  • Help unload food from delivery trucks on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 8AM
  • Help sort donations dropped off by local donors
  • Assist clients with shopping, boxing and carrying out groceries to their car
  • Helping to keep the store clean and tidy
  • More advanced & Assistant Management duties can include, filling out client information forms, check clients into computer and working with/instructing other volunteers.

From Home:

  • Coordinate with businesses/organizations for food drives
  • Speak to community organizations about how they can support our local Food Bank
  • Social media promotions are always welcome

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact us at our office and leave a message for Kris, our Volunteer Co-Ordinator. Our phone number is 509-698-2336.

Hear from our Volunteers

I volunteer at Selah Naches Food Bank because…

I want to help people the best way I can. I love the community and I want to give back.

I find it a great way to serve God and the community.

I feel a great satisfaction in spending time helping others.

Because I love the people I work with. I feel I need to pay it forward!

Government Grants & Support

Our Food Bank is supported by state and federal grants that we apply for.

EFAP is the Emergency Food Assistance Program in Washington State where the supply of food is based on the needs of the community reflecting data we report throughout the 2 year contract. EFAP also provides money for us to purchase food. Food received is distributed monthly through the main distribution facility for Eastern Washington, which is located in Moses Lake.

TEFAP – The Emergency Food Assistance Program is a federal program that helps supplement the diets of people with low income by providing them with emergency food assistance at no cost. USDA provides 100% American-grown USDA Foods and administrative funds to states to operate TEFAP.

CFAP is the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, which provides extra food for seniors who qualify, due to low income.

FEMA is the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has a program that reimburses our food bank for food purchases made throughout the year for much of the refrigerated and frozen foods we distribute as well as non-perishable foods. We have to re-apply for this grant every year.

ARPA is the American Rescue Plan Act was signed into law in 2021, it guaranteed direct funding to all cities, towns, and villages in the United States. We qualified for this limited-time grant, which is regulated through the county of Yakima.

Announcing a Grant from WeFeedWA

September 2023: We have partnered with the We Feed WA Pilot food program for the next 2 years. It is a state alternate to the USDA program designed to fill the gap in Washington’s food assistance program. We will be buying and distributing from local food producers and making it available through our local food bank here in Selah. The We Feed Washington Pilot Food Program is part of the state’s coordinated response to increased food insecurity resulting from the COVID-19 crisis and recovery period.

For more information please go to We Feed WA grant website.

The We Feed WA Pilot Food Program is a state alternative to the USDA program, filling the gap in Washington’s food assistance safety net by fostering economic vitality among producers and creating food access for low-income people across the state.

It is the purpose of this pilot to facilitate the procurement and distribution of emergency food across Washington state to hunger relief organizations, including organizations that serve black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) and other socially disadvantaged communities as directed by the Washington State Legislature. The We Feed Washington Pilot Food Program is part of the state’s coordinated response to increased food insecurity resulting from the COVID-19 crisis and recovery period.

We Feed WA