The next Lakewood Community Collaboration will be held January 8 (9:30-11:00 am) in the City Council Chambers (6000 Main Street SW, Lakewood). Topic is “Where’s the Food?” which is a panel presentation and dialogue session on the local impacts due to recent reductions in unemployment and SNAP benefits. How will this community be responding to these new funding gaps?
Claire is a lobbyist for Northwest Harvest, Washington’s independent, statewide food bank, working on state and federal issues. She has led efforts to develop the state’s Plan to End Childhood Hunger through the Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition and to support annual legislative agenda setting for work in Olympia and DC. Claire has also been instrumental in the creation of the new state Food Policy Roundtable in Olympia.
Kevin is the director of the St. Leo Food Connection, one of the largest food banks in Pierce County. St. Leo provides services to Lakewood through the Springbrook Mobile Food Bank, serving more than 150 households weekly, a Backpack Program providing school children with two days worth of food every Friday throughout the school year in the Clover Park Schools, and the Summer Meals sites in various Lakewood locations.
Marcus is the manager of the Lakes Area FISH Food Bank located at 6900 Steilacoom Blvd in the United Methodist Church in Lakewood. This is largest food bank serving Lakewood helping over 8000 individuals every month. He has been with FISH Food Banks since 2009.