Chelan-Douglas CAC Receives Funding for New Mobile Pantry

Feb 13, 2020

The North Central Accountable Community of Health (NCACH) Governing Board recently approved to allocate $350,100.00 in award funding to three finalist applicants to support health and wellness initiatives across North Central Washington at their monthly board meeting held on Monday, February 3. This funding, called Coalitions for Health Improvement Community Initiatives Funding, is made possible by NCACH under a statewide Medicaid Transformation Project.

The funded projects include $125,000.00 to Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council (CDCAC) to support a mobile food pantry and expansion of food access services in Chelan and Douglas Counties.  The mobile unit will serve residents in areas not currently served by a local food pantry, bringing nutritional food options to people furthest from access.

Through a Mobile Pantry, food is distributed through a farmers market-style distribution where people choose to take what they need.  The Mobile Pantry Program expands the capacity of the Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council – Food Distribution Center to distribute food by removing barriers that prevent access to underserved areas, and allows for fast and flexible delivery of products including meat, produce, fruit, dairy products, canned/dry and baked goods.

Currently our Food Distribution Center delivers food to nineteen different locations in Chelan and Douglas Counties, but we have many communities and residents who experience difficulties accessing nutritional food options, the addition of a mobile unit will greatly expand our ability to help and ensure people are not going hungry”, said Britany Meiklen, program director.

Alan Walker, executive director of the Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council added, “Based on our Community Needs Assessment surveys this has been a need in our region for several years, we have been seeking different funding options and are very excited the North Central Accountable Community of Health board is supporting our efforts to ensure nutritional, healthy food options are available to everyone.”

CDCAC is a local non-profit serving the area since 1965.  Their mission is to reduce poverty by helping people and changing lives.  Community Action changes people lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities and makes our area a better place to live.  They are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

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