The Clark County Food Bank (CCFB) is the beneficiary of all food and fundraised through the YEAH Program. The CCFB has been the primary, countywide nonprofit food distribution organization since 1985. It provides food to 29 emergency food pantries and meal sites which, in turn, distribute food to hungry and food insecure individuals, families, and children in Clark County. In Fiscal Year 2013, the CCFB distributed over 5.1 million pounds of food products, resulting in over 121,055 emergency food boxes for distribution by partner agencies to their clients. Over 10,000 food boxes are distributed per month to feed about 33,000 people. Annually, more than 90,000 individuals received some form of emergency food assistance from the CCFB, of which 40% are children under the age of 18. In 2012, the CCFB moved to a new, larger facility that allows it to accept and distribute more food, provide nutrition education, and more effectively fulfill its mission to "Alleviate Hunger and Its Root".
YEAH is a nonprofit organization with the mission to inspire youth civic engagement through agriculture education to alleviate hunger. Since its inception in 2006, YEAH has donated over 70,000 pounds of food to the Clark County Food Bank. Youth interested in serving their community and learning more about agriculture raise animals that are then donated to the Clark County Food Bank. YEAH works to support youth projects throughout the year that are dedicated to alleviating hunger within Clark County. Examples of youth projects include winter animal projects where the youth raise the animal and YEAH provides the feed and processing so that the animal can be donated to local food banks. In addition, YEAH provides opportunities for youth to host food drives, visit farms, and other community members that are making a difference to alleviate hunger. Each August, YEAH becomes a support buyer at the Clark County Junior Livestock Auction and allows for buyers to donate their animals directly to YEAH or make cash donations to help pay for the purchase and processing of other animals. In 2018 Y.E.A.H. supported Agricultural Education and Provided opportunities for Civic responsibility to over 150 Youth.
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Youth are the life force of YEAH! Without the hard work and dedication of youth involved with YEAH, we would not be successful in donating high quality food to the Clark County Food Bank. Youth raise the animals, organize food drives and fundraisers, and volunteer at other fun events throughout the year. If you are interested in learning how to join YEAH, please feel free to contact us!
Washington State is the 25th hungriest state in the U.S. In 2012, 15.4% of Washington households regularly struggled to provide enough food for their families. In 2016 1 in 8 Washington residents did not get enough food to meet their basic nutritional needs
1 in 5 kids in Washington State lives in Households that struggles to put food on the table.
1 in 6 Washingtonians relies on their local food bank for assistance.
The Clark County Food Bank distributed 6.5 million pounds of food to 43 partner agencies, including 5 hot meal sites; and the need continues to grow.
Over 10,000 food boxes are given to needy families each month
To learn more about the Clark County Food Bank, visit their website.
In 2018, YEAH donated 9500 pounds of local meat products raised by youth to the Clark County Food Bank. This is enough food to feed the hungry for two months. Meat donations to the Clark County Food Bank Totaled over $36,300. YEAH has had over 50 youth participate in YEAH projects to alleviate hunger in Clark County and engage in community service.
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