350 SE Fairmont Rd, Pullman WA 99163 | 509-334-9147|cac@cacwhitman.org
Community Food2018-12-03T08:50:45+00:00


The Best Nutrition for Our Community

Community Action Center provides a variety of food access and nutrition programs for community members in need. Please explore the page below to discover more about our food bank, gardens, and nutrition education offerings.

Community Kitchen
Palouse Tables Project

Emergency Food Assistance

Emergency Food Assistance Program offers help to those who need access to nutritional food. Access is encouraged once a month, but individual needs are evaluated as needed. Nutritional counseling referrals, information on food purchases and preparation and household budget assistance are also available.

Community Food Bank

Community Action Center | 350 SE Fairmont Rd, Pullman WA 99163
Wednesday 11 AM to 1 PM
Thursday 4 PM to 6 PM

Pullman Food Bank (Pullman Residents Only)

Pullman Child Welfare | 108 NW Stadium Way, Pullman WA 99163
Saturday 9:00 – 11:00 am

Council on Aging and Human Services

Colfax Food Pantry | 121 N Main St, Colfax
Second and fourth Tuesday each month 3:00 – 6:00 pm


Click to visit the Washington Connection SNAP website

Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) helps individuals & households with low-income buy the food they need for good health.  SNAP benefits are not cash.  SNAP benefits are provided on an electric card that is used like an ATM or bank card to buy food at most grocery stores.

The Basic Food Program helps supplement Washington residents’ diets with healthy and nutritious food.  Eligible households receive an Electronic Benefits Card (EBT) to purchase food items at participating businesses each month.

Community Action Center offers assistance with the application and recertification for SNAP benefits.  Contact Community Action Center (509-334-9147) for an appointment to assist you in completing the SNAP application.

Many seniors are going hungry, and there are solutions that make a difference! Please click here to go to AgingInPlace.org’s Senior Hunger information page!

If we have helped you with information or helped with your SNAP application, tell us how we did: please click HERE to complete the CAC SNAP Satisfaction Survey!


Click to visit Washington Connection, Your Link to Services

The Council on Aging and Human Services is the lead agency responsible for countywide distribution by the USDA Temporary Food Assistance Program.

In Palouse, Rosalia, Garfield, LaCrosse, Malden/Pine City, St. John, Oakesdale, Endicott, Tekoa, Colton/Uniontown and Colfax community volunteers distribute food to those who come into our commodity distribution sites. Call or check your newspapers for specific dates and times.

What you can expect…BYOB (1)

at reception desk, provide necessary household information as needed.

What you will receive…

We offer families a choice in food pantry selection. You are able to select your own food, much like a grocery store. Filling your own bag allows you to better meet your personal dietary preference and need.

The bread room is open every day for families to access donated food items including bakery and produce from our own food bank gardens, local growers, and grocers.

Nutrition Education

Hands on Learning with Nutrition Education

We believe good nutrition is a cornerstone of health and well-being…

That’s why Community Action Center offers food discovery & learning that span all ages…

For youth, we work within schools to bring evidence-based curricula to the classrooms from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Some of these activities are held during the school day, and some after school.  For example, our Culinary Club at Lincoln Middle School hosts weekly after-school sessions addressing all aspects of navigating the food system—from gardening, to nutrition, to cooking.

The Rosalia School District is also partnering to offer nutrition and cooking classes for their classrooms.

For adults and families facing food insecurity, we have two major projects:

Monthly food and nutrition demonstrations are hosted at the Community Food Bank during food distribution hours, which feature fun activities, educational information about a new topic each month, and a delicious sample of a recipe.  The recipes feature items from the Food Bank Gardens, as seasonally available, as well as common items available at the Community Food Bank.

The first cooking class meets to discuss household food and nutrition!

For the community-at-large, our very first series of food management and cooking classes are available. These classes feature nutritional information and core kitchen skills to put healthy cooking into action using the new Community Kitchen at CAC.  The series are offered on Tuesdays, and meet once a week for 10 weeks.  Classes are one to 2 hours long, depending on the topic and activity.  Check the events section of the website for specifics, and we welcome you to register for these classes by calling our front desk, (509) 334-9147—or by stopping by!

Check the events pages for information on upcoming demonstrations & cooking classes!

Community Kitchen

Community Food is renting commercial kitchen space to sustain everyone’s nourishment.

A great space for new businesses needing time and space to experiment and incubate, as well as community groups wanting to include cooking components, the Community Kitchen can adapt to your needs!

Imagine growing your food-related business, while supporting a program that is reducing food insecurity for the most vulnerable in our community.

Rent now for access to space, and connection to a growing network of community food supporters and advocates.

The Nuts and Bolts

Our certified commercial kitchen contains convection ovens, stove tops, and several induction burners, as well as basic cookware.  We also have a commercial dishwasher and several small appliances.  Rentals occur between 8:30-4:30 PM.

Apply and Schedule

Contact us for a rental application, agreement, and liability waiver document.  Once approved, you will be contacted to begin scheduling your times.

All funds from rental of the kitchen support Community Food operations, including the gardens, food pantry, food rescue, and nutrition education programming.

$15.00 per hour for community group
$20.00 per hour for business start-up in its first year
$25.00 for existing businesses older than one year

*Scholarships for partial or full fee may be available.

Proven Success

Some great uses already show the success of the space: from youth entrepreneurs, to cooking contest food prep—the possibilities are endless…

Just Imagine!

Some concepts that can use the space

  • Product Development
  • Food Trucks and Catering
  • Farmers Market Products
  • Cooking Classes
  • Community Events
  • Staff/Club Development and Retreats

Palouse Tables Project


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