The Clark County Food Bank’s master list of local food pantries and emergency meal sites includes more than two dozen locations where hungry people can go for help.
Those sites are all over Vancouver and Hazel Dell, Battle Ground and Ridgefield. Helping to cover north Clark County is the La Center-based Lewis River Mobile Food Bank, which hauls trailers full of food to a different rural spot every Sunday.
Just one site is listed anywhere east of 164th Avenue: the Interfaith Treasure House at 91 “C” Street in Washougal. “Basically, we’re it,” said executive director Nancy Wilson.
The Treasure House gives out 60,000 pounds of food every month to as many as 1,300 people. It also sends food home with hungry schoolchildren through its weekend backpack program. And it operates a twice-per-week hot meal site, the Lost & Found Café, serving about 500 free meals per month.
That’s a lot of food, and the Treasure House owns one large van that makes regular runs to the Clark County Food Bank in East Minnehaha to fill up with whole pallets of supplies.