A meal bag is discreetly stuffed into student's backpacks each Friday and includes two breakfasts, two lunches and two snacks. Enough to bridge the weekend hunger gap.
Members of the Associated Veterinary Medical Center and the Exchange Club of Walla Walla volunteered part of their Saturday to building weekend meal backpacks for local elementary school children in need.
Last month, a group of nearly 40 built over 2,000 backpacks which were distributed to the elementary schools that are participants in our Backpack Bridge program. Our next community build is scheduled for May.
If you are interested in volunteering, call the BMAC Food Bank at 509-529-3561. Read more about the Backpack Bridge here.
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.
BMAC's Food bank will be the recipient of Macy's 2018 Bag Hunger Campaign.
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.