APOYO FOOD BANK
Allied People Offering Year-round Outreach began in 1999 as a non-profit all volunteer organization handing out food in temporary locations (sometimes including the backs of cars and trucks). It was founded by CWU professor Philip Garrison and friends from the local Hispanic community. By May 5th, 2000, APOYO officially became a tax-exempt -- 501(C)-(3) -- corporation run by an elected board of directors. Board members are elected every two years at our annual meeting.
APOYO is funded, in part, by the state of Washington through Hope Source (formerly Kittitas County Action Council). We also receive donations of food from Northwest Harvest, a regional organization founded in the 1960s.
A network of volunteers helps to hand out food at our bi-weekly distributions (Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings). They also help clean the premises, bag food for distribution and unload the truck that comes bi-monthly from Northwest Harvest.
Student volunteers can also earn CWU credit hours for their work.
APOYO supporters include Grace Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Women’s Group, St. Vincent de Paul, the Ellensburg Spanish Foursquare Church, the Ellensburg Department of Natural Resources, Fred Meyer Foods, and many other generous individuals who have given their money, time, clothing and household goods.
APOYO’s warehouse and distribution center is on the CWU campus in the old physical plant. We're down the alley, left past Zuchi's hair salon. We do not have the space to store donated furniture and appliances or other large items. However, we do try to match donors with needy families through our community network.
Since the start of our current funding cycle (July 2011), APOYO has served 509 total new families – consisting of more than 8900 individuals.