North County Community Food Bank volunteers get thousands of pounds of food to families

Food Bank working with area high schools and churches to fulfill annual Food Basket Program

BATTLE GROUND —  The North County Community Food Bank (NCCFB) is in the process of moving thousands of pounds of food out to 161 families in need.

Volunteers from Summit View and Prairie high schools, as well as adult community volunteers, worked this week at the Battle Ground Community Center to pack all the food into boxes.

“We can’t do it without the help of the community,” said John Idsinga, the board president for the NCCFB. “Our goal is to service this food to all the Battle Ground school district. So, it goes back into, basically, the same 270-some-odd square miles of Clark County.”

Jaden Peru and Gary Livingston help unload a truck delivering food to the Battle Ground Community Center on Dec. 11. The food is packed into boxes and baskets before it is delivered to area families. Photo by Mike Schultz
Jaden Peru and Gary Livingston help unload a truck delivering food to the Battle Ground Community Center on Dec. 11. The food is packed into boxes and baskets before it is delivered to area families. Photo by Mike Schultz

Idsinga has been with the organization for 22 years. Prior to heading the massive food operation, he was on the Battle Ground City Council and served as mayor from 2000 to 2006.

NCCFB was founded as a Christmas Food Drive in the late 1970s by area resident Everett Eaton. It was then headed by Bob and Thelma Birch in the mid 1980s. Bob Birch worked with Idsinga, and by 1996, had handed the operation over to him, Idsinga said.

This year, the organization is overseeing the supply of food to some 500 families in north county, many of which are “adopted” by other families and churches. Those not adopted are helped by the volunteers working this month.

Student and community volunteers sort food into boxes that will be used to compile a personal food basket for each family. Working for hours that day, the volunteers moved thousands of pounds of food in and out of the Battle Ground Community center. Photo by Mike Schultz
Student and community volunteers sort food into boxes that will be used to compile a personal food basket for each family. Working for hours that day, the volunteers moved thousands of pounds of food in and out of the Battle Ground Community center. Photo by Mike Schultz

The majority of volunteers were students from nearby high schools, including Prairie and Summit View, with Firm Foundation Christian School lending a hand the second day.  

“I came here today to help the environment, to help people that are in need of food,” said Prairie High School student Jennifer Skelton.

Each family will receive a personal food basket or box packed with canned goods and dry food. Large families are given turkeys and smaller families receive a chicken. A gallon of milk, butter, brown sugar, and cheese are also among the items supplied.

All together, each family will receive, on average, 135 pounds of food this winter.

Student volunteers help separate donated food into categories at the Battle Ground Community Center. Much of the involvement of the North County Community Food Bank is centered around the area’s school districts, said Board President John Idsinga. Photo by Mike Schultz
Student volunteers help separate donated food into categories at the Battle Ground Community Center. Much of the involvement of the North County Community Food Bank is centered around the area’s school districts, said Board President John Idsinga. Photo by Mike Schultz

Rocky’s Pizza in Battle Ground took on the job of feeding the volunteers. They donated enough pizza to feed the dozens of volunteers working for a full two days this week.

For more information on volunteering, donating or to contact the NCCFB board, visit their website or Facebook page.

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Jacob Granneman is a filmmaker and writer from Clark County. He is a recent graduate of Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College, where he studied media production. He has produced documentary stories all over the Pacific Northwest and in Argentina. His passions range from loving people, to cinematography, to going on adventures in the most beautiful place on earth, i.e. his backyard. He lives with his wife in Vancouver, WA.

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