History of the Food Bank

Our Food Bank dates back to 1980, when a task force of north county leaders recognized the need for services to our rural and small-town residents. The North County Social Services Center opened in Battle Ground connecting people with a variety of resources, including emergency food.

From the start, our goal has been not simply to hand out food, but to help people solve the problems that brought them to the Food Bank in the first place. This effort has strengthened the north county community by encouraging independence and productivity, building healthy families, and providing a focal point for people to work together in the service of others.

In 1996, our community formed a nonprofit organization to take over management of the Food Bank from the county. This move has reinforced the long-term goals of the Food Bank and made it better able to meet the needs of north county residents. The cities of Battle Ground and Yacolt have pledged funding support. Now that the Food Bank is truly community-based, many local service groups, churches, schools, businesses and individuals have stepped up their traditional contributions of time and funds.

The North County Community Food Bank has deep roots in the heart of the community. It gives back to the community every day. In many ways, the Food Bank helps north county people take care of their own.