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Lewis County, WA Non-Profits in Need of Fresh Produce

Are you a Lewis County gardener with an overabundance of fresh fruit or vegetables? These food banks and shelters are in desperate need of assistance. Please take some of your backyard bounty to these locations.

Fay Teman, executive director of Lewis County Gospel Mission, says, “As our table ministry serves two meals a day, Monday through Friday, and a brunch on both Saturday and Sunday, we are quite happy to accept donations of fresh produce and eggs!” Fay says the mission has a need for fresh produce for salads, fresh fruit, potatoes and onions.




Lewis County Gospel Mission

Kitchen Address:  72 SW Chehalis Ave., Chehalis

Please call or email to arrange drop off between 7 am and 3 pm.  lighthouselcgm@gmail.com


The Mission is in particular need of produce for salads, fresh fruit, potatoes and onions.

Tenino Food Bank




Heritage House Food Bank

Kitchen address:  Heritage Baptist Church, 1315 Sussex Avenue East, Tenino Wa, 89589 Contact Food Bank Coordinator Kathy Lester at kelester@scattercreek.com.

Our Food Bank is open to recipients every Saturday from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.   Therefore, we generally coordinate to receive our food bank items on Fridays in the afternoon. This way we can ensure that the items we receive remain as fresh as we can get for Saturday.

Pastor Scott Peace says the food bank would love to receive any fresh fruits and vegetables. But he adds that the bank has special needs for Thanksgiving and Christmas. “Financially for families, this is the hardest time of the year; we try to offset that by providing additional grocery needs.”

How to Host a Foodcycle Event in Your Town

Would you like to host a Foodcycle Week or Event in your home town? It’s really very easy!

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Five Steps to Start Your Own Foodcycle Week
  1. Contact us and we’ll supply you with a four-color flyer that you can customize to include the name(s) of the non-profit(s) that you’d like to support.
  2. Prepare a list of your local food banks, soup kitchens and shelters. Search online and just cut-and-paste the search engine results into a word processing document.
  3. Call through the list and ask each non-profit the questions listed below.
  4. Now just customize the flyer to include the name, address, phone number and website of each non-profit. Share the flyer with your friends, neighbors, school parents, coworkers, and church.
  5. Share your plans on Facebook, Twitter and other social media!
Questions to Ask
  • Will you take donations of fresh produce from gardeners?
  • What is your level of need–occasional or urgent?
  • Do you have special needs at certain times of the year, like holidays?
  • Is there any particular type of vegetable or fruit you need?
  • Are there certain days and times that you are open to receive produce?
  • Would you like me to email you a flyer to share with your mailing list?
  • Who am I speaking with, and what’s your position?
Want to Go Big?

That’s really all there is to it, but if you want to really go big, here are some other ideas:

  • Ask vendors at your local farmer’s market to hand out printed flyers
  • Contact local garden clubs and ask them to email your flyer to their members (you can find local garden clubs on Facebook)
  • Ask your local garden centers and home supply stores to hand out printed flyers and share your flyer in their customer newsletters
  • Create a press release or write an article and send it to your local newspapers, radio stations and television anchors. If you don’t know how, contact me (mary@solid-communications.com) and I will send you a custom press release for free.

And please remember to take LOTS of photos! Share them on social media and send them to me. I’ll share them here on my blog and my social media!

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