- Aberdeen Community Food Bank Temporary Closure
Due to the structural integrity of the former location, the Aberdeen Community Food Bank will be closed temporarily as they work to relocate.
At this time, many agencies are involved to assist with this transition, including Coastal Harvest. We will be working with surrounding food pantry locations to provide extra support and services in order to meet the needs of the community.
Clients of the Aberdeen Community Food Bank have been directed to other agencies for service during this time (listed below). Click here for days and hours of operation for each location.
- Aberdeen Baptist Church
- Foursquare Church – The Lord’s Pantry
- Salvation Army
- Hoquiam Food and Clothing Bank
- Seventh-day Adventist Church
As more information is available, we will update the public.
- Stuff The Bus 2017
o you have a club or group looking to spread some holiday cheer? Are you looking for a great way to give back this holiday season?
Join us for our inaugural Stuff the Bus event happening on Friday, December 15th in partnership with Grays Harbor Transit and Kix 95.3!
- Who: Coastal Harvest, Grays Harbor Transit and Kix 95.3
- What: Stuff the Bus Event!
- When: Friday December 15th from 4-6pm
- Where: Tractor Supply Parking Lot in Aberdeen
- Why: We are raising funds and food to assist our local families in need this holiday season and throughout the New Year!
- How Can You Help: Drop by with a monetary donation or a non-perishable food item to help us Stuff The Bus!
Santa will be on-site handing out candy canes along with Buster from Grays Harbor Transit! Kix 95.3 will be broadcasting live tracking our donations and helping us give away some fun items throughout the event. We will even have some special guests dropping by to donate their contributions in style!
- A Holiday Tradition Challenge
When I think about the holidays, I tend to think of all the traditions I love to experience with my friends and family. We have Thanksgiving traditions and Christmas traditions, all holding a special place in my heart. And when I break down each holiday, I find myself realizing they are all built around eating a hearty meal with the people I love most.
Growing up, we spent holidays at our grandparents houses. My grandmas (on both sides of the family) would cook all day and prepare a meal fit for a king to serve at dinner time. I have inherited this gene, as I love to cook a great meal and serve it for others to enjoy. Even more funny, I now work to serve meals to those struggle with food insecurity all over Southwest Washington.
When I accepted this position last November, I was overwhelmed with feedback from local volunteers concerned about local families who would not be able to provide a holiday meal to their loved ones. As I developed relationships with partner programs and began to see the need first hand, I made it my personal mission to do everything within my power to provide this opportunity to our neighbors in need.
This year, for the first time, Coastal Harvest was able to purchase Holiday Proteins for our partner programs. We will be providing over 8,700 families with the gift of a holiday meal for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Reaching this goal wasn’t easy, however, knowing in my heart how many lives we are touching makes every moment worth it.
I challenged myself to find a way to bring this opportunity to our community, I did it.
I challenged my Board of Directors to trust me in finding a way to financially make this happen, they did.
I challenged my staff to stretch themselves to the limits each day to meet deadlines for each program, they did.
And now I’m challenging you, my family, friends and local community members to create a new holiday tradition by helping our local friends struggling with food insecurity. I’m challenging you to take a step back this holiday season, slow down and remember this is the season of giving. I ask that you consider joining us in our fight, becoming a voice of one by giving to our Holiday Harvest Campaign assisting to end hunger here in Coastal Washington.
I promise, with your help, we will make a difference in thousands of lives over the next year.
I would like to thank you advance for donating to us or sharing this post for others to see. Without the love and support of our community, we would not be able to provide these services. We are grateful for each of you!
I also promise to have a little fun along the way and share our progress with you. We love to get creative and show our quirky sides!
Wishing you the happiest of holidays!
-Angela Burton, Executive Director
- Non-Profit of the Year
Last week was full of exciting news as we continue to grow here at Coastal Harvest. However, Friday evening topped the week off with news worth celebrating!
Greater Grays Harbor held their annual Leaders Banquet at Quinault Beach Resort and Casino Friday evening. This is always a fun evening full of great people and positive news about happenings on the Harbor. One of my favorite parts of this evening every year is walking around to see all the different table decorations. If you’ve never had the chance to attend this event, click here to see a few of the table from this year. Best table award went to Twin Star Credit Union this year with their elegant decorations drawing everyone’s eyes from across the room.
The evening unfolded with a wonderful meal and auction items raising money for the Educational Fund through Greater Grays Harbor. This fund supports students across the Harbor through programs such as Business Week and Robotics Club. A student participating in the Robotics Club spoke to the group of roughly 275 people about his experience learning and growing through the program.
Now for the part you’ve all been waiting for: Coastal Harvest was announced as Non-Profit of the Year!
This past year has been full of transitions, updates and positive changes as we continue to work to serve our communities. We are grateful for the recognition, and even more grateful for the partnerships we’ve built along the way. This award truly shows the dedication of the Coastal Harvest staff, each and every one of them work hard every day to fulfill our mission. They go above and beyond to ensure we are able to provide nutritional value food to those in need. This award celebrates them and all their hard work!
Thank you to Greater Grays Harbor for a wonderful evening honoring those doing great work in our community. And thank to those of you who have supported Coastal Harvest, past, present and future. We would not be able to fulfill our mission without the support of our partners, donors and volunteers.
- From the director
“I am excited to have joined the Coastal Harvest team this year and to be writing to you about our continued success. I have been overwhelmed by the continuous generosity and support from our donors and volunteers that allow us to serve our communities in our hunger relief efforts. As we move forward into a new calendar year, I can’t help but reflect on our humble beginnings. Jim Coates founded our organization thirty years ago with a simple goal: to help those in need and to feed hungry people. After all these years, we are still rooted by this goal and continue to work towards driving hunger from our communities. Our Coastal Harvest team is working diligently to be more efficient, effective and intentional to ensure we are providing the best service for the most people. I am honored to be leading Coastal Harvest through a new era where we will continue to stay grounded by our roots, yet growing to fill the need.” Angela Burton – Executive Director