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In celebration of AmeriCorps Week, we hope you’ll listen to this great interview!

Tune in to hear the latest on BMAC’s programs with our very own Cat Pond, Basic Food Outreach & AmeriCorps Director. Together, she and host, Jed Maynes, of My Columbia Basin’s Grapevine Podcast discussed the origin, reach and details of BMAC programs including basic food, AmeriCorps, SSVF (Supportive Services for Veteran Families) and more.

Cat shared some of the ways her team is focused on health education and instilling healthy behaviors within the community, pointing out that “The healthier a community is, the more prosperous it is”.

She goes on to discuss and destigmatize Basic Food Outreach benefits including SNAP/ EBT– formerly known as “food stamps”. In addition to details on signing up, Cat sheds some light on clever, more unknown ways to make SNAP benefits go further and promote healthier options.

Listen to the full interview here.

Macys Bag Hunger

BMAC's Food bank will be the recipient of Macy's 2018 Bag Hunger Campaign.

From March 15 through March 31, shoppers at our local Macy's will be able to round up their purchase to the nearest dollar and donate the difference.

Learn more about our food bank here.  Read more about Macy's Bag Hunger here.


The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program is in full swing here at the BMAC offices.

Two tax advisors are here weekly on Mondays and Tuesdays, seeing up to 16 people daily. Clients only need to make an appointment and bring their paperwork. Tax advisors will submit all information online and file for the client.

This service is completely free of charge. People who make an appointment generally see their taxes complete within the hour. Volunteer advisors will see clients until April 17th. Call BMAC to schedule your appointment today, 509-529-4980.

Read more about the AARP program here.

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Veterans and shelter pets find companionship in one another through the Pet’s for Patriot’s program.

The national program has been adopted locally thanks to a partnership between the BMAC AmeriCorps team and the Blue Mountain Humane Society.

Pet’s for Patriots has a mission to “Give the gifts of fidelity, joy and love to both veteran and pet through companion animal adoption”.

Through the program, Blue Mountain Humane Society is offering veterans a 50% discounted rate on adoptions as well as other benefits.

If you are or know a veteran who could benefit, learn by contacting The Humane Society.


February 14th was Dutch Bro's Coffee's National "Dutch Love Day", an annual event of corporate giving. This year nearly 300 Dutch Bro's locations across the U.S. donated $1 of every drink sold to local food banks. Both the locally owned Walla Walla and Milton Freewater locations participated. Owner, Emily Beamer, chose BMAC's Food Bank as this year’s recipient.

Despite the early morning snow, the Dutch Bro’s team braved the cold day and served up piping hot coffee with smiles on their faces.

Learn more about Dutch Bro's efforts here.


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