A cooperative application with Washington Gorge Action Programs (WGAP), Gorge Grown Food Network, Commonground, the White Salmon Horizon Community Gardens, and WSU Extension Office has resulted in an award of $92,678. The objective of the program is to purchase locally grown fruits, vegetables, dairy, and meat products for distribution to the four food banks in Skamania and Klickitat counties.
Linda Schneider, WGAP executive director, believes this program creates a win-win situation.
"We are able to assist local growers by purchasing their products and help low-income households by providing them with healthy food," Schneider said. "This is a pilot program with only four contracts being awarded throughout the state. It is our responsibility to clearly demonstrate that this program is cost effective and efficient."
Schneider added that the first product to be purchased will be milk, which should be at area food banks in December.