APOYO has been serving a diverse population in and around Ellensburg for over 20 years. We do not ration food. We do not limit you to getting food only twice a month. We believe that nobody comes to a food bank unless they really need food, and we are privileged to be able to give it out!
We do not believe in selling anything that people donate to us. In this wasteful culture, we would rather recycle clothing, household items, bedding and furniture than haul it to the dump.
Most of our volunteers are bilingual, and we understand how difficult it can be dealing with cultural and linguistic differences. We can help you fill out forms or tell you where to go for legal help. If you are having an issue with your landlord, for example, or a teacher at your child's school, we can advocate for you.
You don't need to bring anything. We open for distribution on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm and Saturdays at 1:00 pm. Our policy is never to turn anyone away -- and we mean it! If you have a friend or neighbor who needs food, please let us know, and you can take food for them, too. We may not have everything you need, but everything we have is yours!
We do not believe that there is a shortage of food in this country. There is, however, a shortage of kindness. We at APOYO don't care how many times you show up. If we run out of food, we go get more. You might get tired of canned beans and frozen Starbucks sandwiches, but you won't go hungry -- not while we have anything to say about it. We are all in this together, and by helping each other, we can help our whole community!
Due to Covid-19, we cannot let everybody into our warehouse the way we used to, and we need you to wear a mask. But we do have canopies outside and room for you to wait in your car. We also deliver food in emergencies. If you have Covid symptoms, please just phone us and someone will bring food to your door. We have no interest in knowing your immigration status. We do not store your names in a data base. We only ask how many people are in your family and what their ages are.
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