Agape - Food Bank & Services
"The measure of our compassion lies not in our service of those on the margins but only in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship with them."
- Father Greg Boyle
The Social Services of Agape
Agape's weekly food bank during the summer provides culturally specific food in addition to diapers, hygiene supplies, clothing, toys, books, backpacks and school supplies. In 2019, we served an average of 158 families weekly, and in 2020, an average of 98 families weekly.
Our incredible partners include Bellingham Food Bank, Ferndale Food Bank, Project Hope Food Bank, Kids Need Books and Third Christian Reformed Church.
With the goal of making our food bank a resource hub, we have begun inviting partner agencies to provide services and resources beyond our capabilities.
Our incredible partners include SeaMar Community Health and Labor & Industries Language Access Program.
The goal of the hospitality table is to increase the joyful, dignified and relational aspects of the food bank. Each week, our volunteers help us prepare different juices or fruit to distribute to the families.
Our long-term goal is to provide a full, culturally specific meal during the food bank.
Multiple times per week, Agape facilitates educational and recreational activities for the children of farmworkers. Activities include reading, science experiments, arts and crafts, dodgeball, soccer and a community meal.
Our incredible partners include Northwest Educational Service District 189, SeaMar Community Health and Common Threads.
Supporting organic, just farms with volunteer labor is an important aspect of social justice as we work to change and improve the farming systems.
Our incredible partners include Bellingham Country Gardens, Growing Veterans, Breckenridge Blueberries and Small Potatoes Gleaning Project.
In 2019, Agape began awarding college scholarships for farmworkers pursing higher education as a way to further support the farmworker families. The scholarship recipients are awarded $500.
2019: 4 recipients
2020: 5 recipients