REGIONAL Food bank
Hunger makes everything seem more challenging. Children can’t focus on schoolwork. Parents can’t focus on finding a job or succeeding at work, and caring for family seems difficult when the basics like food can’t be provided. For those times when circumstances – like medical expenses or layoffs – leave little for groceries, we’re here with the needed nutritious food and resources to get individuals and families back on their feet.
YCAP provides food to 17 emergency food pantries strategically located throughout Yamhill County. These pantries provide a variety of fresh and shelf-stable groceries to low-income families and individuals. Each food box contains a 3-5 day supply of food.
YCAP also provides food to six meal sites in the county: four in McMinnville and two in Newberg. These meal sites cook full, hot, nutritious meals from scratch. There is no sign-in required and no questions are asked at the meal sites. Everyone who needs a meal is welcome.
These programs and others rely extensively on volunteers for their success.
We provide food, as well as organizational and technical support to a countywide network of Partner Food Agencies. Our partner agencies consist of emergency food box pantries, group meal sites and a gleaner group. There are almost 40 partner agencies in total. We work hard to ensure that boxes/meals are nourishing and include a variety of healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, protein, cereals and whole grains.
In 2016, we distributed over 1.4 million pounds of food (that’s more than 1 million meals) to residents in Yamhill County. Of that, 403,000 pounds were fresh produce! This helped to feed healthy, nutrient-rich food to over 10,000 individuals each month through our Partner Agencies.
All Food Bank funding comes from community donations, the Oregon Food Bank, United Way Mid-Willamette Valley and other grants awards.
YCAP Food donations come from:
- Weekly deliveries from the Oregon Food Bank, United States Department of Agriculture and other Federal Food donations
- Local grocery stores Safeway, Albertsons, Fred Meyer, Grocery Outlet, Roth’s, 7-Eleven and Walmart
- Farmers Markets, Community Supported Agriculture groups, and Community Gardens
- Year round local food drives
- Special donations such as the annual County Fair hog auction
- Local farmer overstock of fresh produce
- Fresh produce grown at the Federal Corrections Institution in Sheridan
For questions about food assistance, please call 503-472-0457.
FOOD RECOVERY – FRESH ALLIANCE
We are part of a community partnership with local grocery stores to reclaim high quality product. We make daily pick-ups from Roth’s Family Market, Fred Meyer, Albertsons, and Safeway. This program provides highly nutritious, as well as diverse food to our community members in need. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-687-1474.
FRIDAY FAMILY FOOD
Through this program we are able to provide two weekend meals to children and their families who qualify for free or reduced meals at 4 elementary schools in Yamhill County. Participating schools include Edwards Elementary School in Newberg, Wascher Elementary School in Lafayette, Yamhill Carlton Elementary school and Dayton Grade school. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Dave Rucker at email@example.com or 503-687-1471.
LOCAL FOOD DRIVES
Special thanks to our year-round food drives going on in our county. Take a yoga class, join a game of poker, pay off a fee, or just donate at these locations!
In 2014, we launched our pilot program of Harvest2Home bringing free produce, education, and recipe sampling to vineyards in Yamhill County. That same summer, we also set up fresh produce tables outside the Senior Center in McMinnville.
Since its launch, the Harvest2Home program has grown substantially. We now operate a Mobile Food Pantry that brings fresh produce and staple items to the Virginia Garcia Clinic in McMinnville and several other locations. Our “Dayton Friday Night” program continues to bring fresh produce to Dayton throughout the summer months, servicing seniors and families in need. We also partner with the Housing Authority of Yamhill County to provide fresh produce throughout the year to three of their properties. Lastly, we’ve partnered with the City of McMinnville Public Library for their summer Book Buddies program bringing children a bag of fresh produce to take home to accompany a book of their choice.
We hope that with additional community support and the needed manpower, we will be able to grow this program to include more vulnerable populations, school sites, and areas of the county that are underserved.