The Snohomish Community Food Bank is more than just a food distribution center. We’re a vital, connected part of the community we serve. We are only able to do what we do because of the generous support from the Snohomish community. We thank you for every can, dollar and hour you have donated. Your ongoing commitment keeps us financially sound and allows us to provide critical services to those in need.
Take a moment to meet our director and board of trustees, learn about our history and visit the other agencies and businesses with whom we partner.
The Snohomish Community Food Bank is a 501c3 non-profit corporation (EIN # 91-1334772).
The Snohomish Community Food Bank is a non-profit organization of individuals, churches, businesses, service clubs and other charitable groups who are concerned for the welfare of needy people within the community. This life-giving resource exists to provide basic foods and services to qualified recipients in a caring, dignified and humane manner. The Food Bank serves every qualified applicant within the boundaries of the Snohomish School District and is supported solely through donations and community volunteers who solicit, manage and distribute it’s reserves. Since 1985, local citizens have screened beneficiaries, collected and distributed food, and provided social services on a weekly basis.
Hunger is on the rise and the need for nutritious food remains a problem for many families in Snohomish County:
- 1 in 6 Washingtonians relies on their local food bank.
- In 2017, around 1 in 8 Washingtonians did not get enough food to meet their basic nutritional needs.
- In Washington, the number of people living in poverty significantly decreased over the last year, but nonetheless, nearly 1 in 9 Washingtonians lived below the poverty line in 2017.
- 1 in 5 kids in Washington state lives in a household that struggles to put food on the table.
- 1 in 7 Washingtonians relies on SNAP (food stamps), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which is severely threatened by budget cuts. Half of all people on SNAP are kids.
- The majority of working-age Washingtonians who live in poverty are actively working or looking for work.
- Since the start of the recession in 2008, Washington has cut more than $12 billion in discretionary spending from our state’s operating budget, all in the areas of public safety, higher education and basic needs services.
Source: Northwest Harvest
A Historical Perspective of Our Food Bank
Following the Second World War, when the Federal Government made commodities available for distribution, The Snohomish Welfare Service quickly assumed the food bank task and continued until 1982. The Blackman’s Lake Food Reserve was then established under the sponsorship of the Assembly of God Church. When The Blackman’s Lake Food Reserve closed in 1985, the Snohomish Community Food Bank was incorporated as a non-profit organization with community leaders serving as an executive board.
The Snohomish Community Food Bank officially opened in October 1985 at Stocker’s Produce Market adjacent to Harvey Airfield. In 1986, the operation moved to a new facility on Harvey Airfield, donated by the Harvey Family. In 1989, as the needs of the community continued to grow, the Mayor and City Council agreed to donate property and the use of an existing facility east of the Fire Station Headquarters to house the Food Bank. The plan called for the site to be jointly owned by the City and Fire District and the building owned by the Snohomish Community Food Bank. Our new home opened its doors in 1991. Supported by charitable donations of capital, labor and materials, additional warehousing and storage was added in 1993. A kitchen remodel was completed in 2010 and a much needed walk-in freezer was installed in 2013 thanks to generous support from the Boeing Employees Community Fund.
Who We Are Now
Monday through Saturday, volunteers at the Snohomish Community Food Bank are hard at work to help people struggling with food insecurity. During our food distribution hours on Tuesdays and Fridays, we serve an average of 210 families each week. Because of your support, we are able to provide fresh nutritious food which they otherwise would not have access to; dairy, eggs, meat, bread, fruits and vegetables, canned and boxed goods, even pet food. In addition to our regular food services, we also have programs that support our infants, homebound clients and the homeless. Through our participation in the Snohomish County Food Bank Coalition, we are able to ensure everyone in need is able to receive assistance from the food bank that serves their area. We also support meal programs at Community Kitchen, the Snohomish Boys & Girls Club and the Snohomish Senior Center.
We are fortunate to have enthusiastic grocery partners in Albertsons, Franz Bakery, Haggen, Northwest Harvest, and Safeway. They supply us with many of the fundamental resources that enable our work to carry on. We would also like to thank our community partners Bickford Motors, Kiwanis, L&B Auto and Lions Club. Their sponsorship plays an important role in ending hunger in Snohomish. Many of our local schools and churches help us throughout the year with food drives, community gardens and fund raising. We are able to maintain our vital services to the community because of their generosity. As the need for food grows, so does our need for support. Please be a part of our team and help us continue our mission to help others.
Meet the Director
Elizabeth joined the Snohomish Community Food Bank in 2009 with an extensive background in Advertising and Public Relations. She was the Marketing Director at The Evergreen State Fair for eight years; CommUnity Campaign Coordinator in Florida; worked in Radio/TV for eight years in St. Louis, Missouri and San Francisco; and owned and operated a Specialty Advertising/Public Relations Company for six years.
Awards include Community Leadership Award, WA Association of School Administrators, 2017; Paul Harris Fellow Award from Rotary International, 2015; Ruby Award from the Soroptimist International, 2015; the Community Citizen Award from the Garden City Grange, 2015; Excellence in Collaboration in 2011 and 2014 from Food LifeLine; Recognition for the School Supplies in a Backpack Program from the Snohomish School District, 2010; Outstanding Achievement from U.S. Conference of Mayors and two Addys for the Community Campaign; and the Mother Spaulding Young Award, Excellence in Humanities from Marysville University.
She is a graduate of Marysville University, St. Louis, Missouri with a major in Communications/Journalism and minors in Business and Political Science. She has been certified in Family History through the National Genealogical Society and Brigham Young University; and trained as a Public Information Officer by FEMA.
She is the proud mother of two daughters, Danielle and Elyssa, who both recently graduated from Washington State Universities.
Board of Trustees
The Board is responsible to ensure that fiscally sound programs and efficient operations are delivered to the client users of the food bank in accordance with the organization’s mission statement. The Board does this by adhering to the adopted articles and by-laws of the corporation, advocating for client users of the food bank, and by providing leadership, advice and direction to the executive director, staff and volunteers. Board members are elected to serve a three year term. The Snohomish Community Food Bank serves all qualified individuals and families residing inside the boundaries of the Snohomish School District. If you wish to contact any one of our Board members, please leave a message at the Food Bank.
Jay S. Hagen
Real Estate & Property Management | Agriculture
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Pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at Swan’s Trail
Ann retired from the Snohomish School District after a rewarding 18-year career as a Retirement Specialist. She also served on the Public School Employees Board for 10 years. It was the annual Stuff the Bus Food Drive that led to volunteering at the Snohomish Community Food Bank.
When asked why she volunteers, Ann explained,
“It is the commitment to serve those in need of our service including the homebound and homeless by providing nutritious food.
It is the volunteer’s commitment to serve our clients and community with joy and respect.
Even when the world may seem overwhelming at times to our clients, the Snohomish Community Food Bank remains a safe place to receive much needed food as well as a sense of community, warmth and caring.
I am happy and proud to be a member and a Board Member of the Snohomish Community Food Bank.
We make a difference!”
Ron Tastad is a retired GTE/Verizon employee after 25 years with the company. He has been a volunteer at the Snohomish Food Bank for almost 13 years. He has two children and four grandchildren. Two of the grandkids have volunteered at the food bank as well. He has volunteered as a baseball/softball umpire and a Boy Scout leader.
Mike has lived in the Cathcart area of Snohomish since 1996 with his spouse Christine. They raised seven children, with the five youngest completing their public school education in Snohomish School District. They have four grandchildren.
Mike is a Snohomish Lion Club member since 2015 and a Food Bank volunteer since 2020. He is a Past President of the Snohomish Lions, having led the Club for two years in 2018/2019 and 2019/2020. He served on the Snohomish Education Foundation Board of Trustees for nine years before joining the Lions, including two years as President of the Board in 2008 and 2009. He also served on the Snohomish Carnegie Foundation, proudly participating in the fundraising and public awareness campaign and advocacy for completion of the Carnegie Library building in 2021.
Mike is pleased and proud to now serve on the Snohomish Community Food Bank Board and looks forward to making meaningful contributions to the future prosperity of the best Food Bank in Snohomish County.
Larry A. Bailly
Honorary Board Member
Volunteer and Friend of the Food Bank and its clients.
Partners & Sponsors
We encourage you to support the organizations who support the Food Bank. Let them know how much you appreciate their willingness to help the community!