“In 2016, we accomplished a lot of good work to feed the hungry. We have a wonderful group of about 30 volunteers, who together drove a total of 10,324 miles to donate 246 hours of work. One of their projects is to repack large totes of frozen food into family-sized portions. Each repack session takes a half a day. During that time, they average repackaging food from four bulk commercial totes, which weigh between 1,400-1,600 pounds each. We do about 5,600-6,400 lbs. a repack. Within this last year, this almost weekly event has added 228,545 extra pounds of food to the inventory of food banks, feeding programs and senior centers in seven Southwest Washington counties. Food for this program is collected from partner agencies that collaborate and coordinate with our organization. We also receive food from various organizations who sponsor food drives for Coastal Harvest. Our new box truck allows us to collect more fresh, farm-to-table options. Volunteers also assist every month when we deliver food to people without a food bank in their immediate community. The Coastal Harvest Mobile Food Bank delivers government commodities and boxes of food to families and individuals that are often homeless and living in camps in the Moclips, Pacific Beach, and Taholah areas.” Kathryn Kalenius – Volunteer Coordinator
Kat Kalenius: Joined Coastal Harvest in 2016. Kat schedules volunteer actions. She is also the lead team member on our Mobile FoodBank project. Kat comes to us with an abundance of experience in many fields.