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 can help us build the new Food Bank Home and purchase food at bulk prices.

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 distribution times on Monday and Friday from 9 to 11 AM at Selah Civic Center. 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 2021 Food Donors

We are fortunate to have tremendous support from our community. Food Drives and Donations in 2021:

Our Lady of Lourdes – Weekly Non Perishable Food Drive
Grocery Outlet Donations -Weekly and a Month long Food Drive
Wray’s – Selah Donations – Weekly
Pingrey Ford Peanut Butter and Non Perishable Food Drive
Selah Police Department
US Post Office – Selah
Selah School District Schools
Selah Methodist Church
Selah Church of the Latter-day Saints
Selah Harvest Church
Central WA Insurance
Snack Attack
Tiffany’s Coffee Shop
Yakima Red Lobster
Human ECO Construction

Selah gardeners – Sharing their harvest
Many anonymous donors – Dropped off food

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.

Volunteers Needed

Join with other community members in fulfilling volunteer activities to support the food needs of members of our community. Just a few of the tasks we need volunteers for:

At the Civic Center on Distribution Days:

  • Set up at the Civic Center on Mondays and Fridays
  • Unload food from the warehouse to Civic Center and back again
  • Help sort donations dropped off by local donors
  • Sign-in table
  • Help guests carry their food to their cars

At the Warehouse:

  • Unload deliveries from NW Harvest and from FEMA at the warehouse
  • Help sort and store donations by category

From Home:

  • Coordinate with businesses/organizations for food drives
  • Speak to community organizations about how they can support the Food Bank
  • Administrative tasks
  • Social media promotions

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact us.

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.

FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has a program that reimburses our food bank for food purchases made through out 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.

In addition, we participate in a special program CFAP, Commodity Supplemental Food Program, that provides extra food for seniors that qualify, those with a low income.

In 2021, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we received a 3rd grant which gave us funds to purchase health and cleaning products (hand sanitizer, bleach and cleaning supplies) as well as some paper products (paper towels and toilet paper).