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Hunger in Skagit County and Beyond - November 12, 2014

Join jim justice as she talks with Rita Ordonez, Community Food Access Manager for Community Action of Skagit, and Diane Smith, Washington State University's Skagit Community Educator on Food Access and Nutrition. We talk about efforts in Skagit County to end hunger and its root causes. jim will also speak with Sharon Thornberry, Community Food Systems Manager of the Oregon Food Bank, who personally experienced food insecurity earlier in life and now advocates to end hunger and its root causes.

A Place at the Table, film, http://www.magpictures.com/aplaceatthetable/
For the book, ask at LOCAL bookstores to keep the money and the effort local.

A Place at the Table: The Crisis of 49 Million Hungry Americas and How to Solve it.

Peter Pringle, Ed., Public Affairs (Perseus Book Group), New York. 2013.

NOTE: Sharon Thornberry tells her personal story in a chapter of this book.

2014 Skagit Reads: Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty. Mark Winne. Beacon Press, Boston. 2008. Copies of this book were made available through Skagit libraries in October. Support your local library by picking up a copy there OR buy one from a local bookstore.

http://www.nokidhungry.org/, Jeff Bridges, National Spokesperson, Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Campaign and Founder, End Hunger Network. Check out the problem and solution on this website.

Community Action of Skagit - http://www.communityactionskagit.org/
Oregon Food Bank - http://www.oregonfoodbank.org/

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Project Homeless Connect comes back to Skagit Valley - September 4, 2013

SUSO's Jodie Buller talks about the Affordable Care Act and the current state of need for the uninsured and underinsured in our area with Bill Kluin, Development Director at Safe Harbor Free Clinic in Stanwood, and Candie Tafoya, the clinic's Patient Assistance Coordinator, who is also the medical coordinator for the upcoming free health and services event called Project Homeless Connect.

PHC happens this year Thursday September 9th on the SVC campus next to the Technical Building. Safe Harbor and Sea-Mar are teaming up to provide medical, dental, women's services, podiatry and mental health help, as well as a meal, through the efforts of a huge team of volunteer staff.

Safe Harbor Free Clinic operates on Friday evenings and two Saturdays a month out of the Skagit Regional Clinics office in Stanwood, and provides a comprehensive range of health care services.

http://www.skagitprojecthomelessconnect.org
http://www.safeharborfreeclinic.org

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Family Promise - April 10, 2013

Ginny speaks with Pastor Laurin Vance of Burlington Lutheran Church about Family Promise, a cooperative, interfaith, community-based program to help homeless families. Pastor Vance is spearheading an effort to make Family Promise a reality in Skagit County by networking with churches and their congregations throughout the valley. In this interview, he describes what makes the program unique and valuable to both participating families and the churches supporting them. He talks about how it is working elsewhere, and what is needed to make it happen here.

For more information contact:
Pastor Laurin Vance by phone at: (360) 840-4565 (mobile)
Burlington Lutheran Church at: 134 E. Victoria in Burlington
website: http://www.burlingtonlutheran.org

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One Community, One Voice - alleviating poverty in Skagit - April 25, 2012

Jodie Buller talks with Debra Lancaster from United Way, Bill Henkel from Community Action, and Terry Belcoe from North Coast Credit Union about their participation in a community-wide initiative called One Community One Voice, which aims to break the cycle of poverty by coordinating existing local efforts and resources, and forging new connections to address homelessness, life and job skills, food, healthcare and housing access, and education. Committee members include: Bill Henkel, Carl Bruner, Charlie Wend, Deb Davis Bundy, Debra Lancaster, Jim Meyer, Letty Alvarez, Lisa Janicki, Peter Browning, Ryan Sakuma, Sue Krienan

Terry BelcoeFor more information:
http://www.unitedwayskagit.org/get-involved/one-voice/

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Project Homeless Connect - August 31, 2011

Felicia Minto-Rodman, Outreach Coordinator for the Mount Vernon YMCA Oasis Teen Center, and Quinn Slayton, Volunteer Program Manager for the Skagit County Community Action Agency - and volunteer coordinator for the Skagit County Project Homeless Connect are the guests. Dave McConnell talks with them about the project, what it is, how it works, and why it is needed in Skagit County.

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Hunger Summit - August 3, 2011

Speak Up Speak Out's Ann Leason talks with Karen Parnell from Community Action and Terry Belcoe from the North Coast Credit Union, two of the organizers of the upcoming Summit to End Childhood Hunger in Skagit County - which will be held on Wednesday August 16th from 11-2pm in conjunction with the ribbon cutting on the Food Bank Distribution Center - about ending hunger as a community initiative.

http://www.skagitcap.org/page/Food-Bank-Distribution-Center.aspx
Interested participants please register by August 8th!

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Project Homeless Connect - August 18, 2010

Project Homeless Connect is a one day event whose purpose is to provide a wide array of services to homeless people in Skagit County, while at the same time calling on the community to collectively address the diverse problems of this growing population. Service providers will gather on the campus of Skagit Valley College on Sept. 1, 2010, to meet as many of the needs of the homeless as possible in one day, in a friendly environment. In this show, Thad Allen, Vicky Young and Quinn Slayton, steering committee members of Project Homeless Connect, talk about the event and the greater issue of homelessness.
For information or to volunteer, call (360) 416-7585 and ask for Quinn.

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Low Income Needs in Skagit County - January 27, 2010

Skagit County is a leader in Washington State in studying the needs of it's low income population. Skagit County Community Action Agency commissions this study every 4 years in an effort to direct program development and collect data that helps to secure funding. In today's program, Karen Parnell, Deputy Director for SCCAA and Greg Winter, a consultant with Cornerstone Strategies in Bellingham discuss the recently completed Low Income Needs Assessment for 2009. Their findings shed light onto how the current recession is affecting the most vulnerable in our community and identify stresses that might be predicted from budget cuts.

Visit http://www.skagitcap.org

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Skagit County Food Bank - December 3, 2008
Ariel Stein and Justin Kelly, who work with the Food Banks in Skagit County describe the needs and the possibilities for those in the county who are living on the financial edge.

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Affordable Housing and Homelessness - April 23, 2008
Stacy Miller, Housing Manager at Skagit County Community Action Agency, and Brian Paxton, Skagit County Superior Court Commissioner, share their perspectives on "Who are the Homeless, and those struggling with affordable housing." They advocate a holistic, comprehensive approach to working with people in these circumstances as the best, and in the long run, cheapest, way to achieve long term success.

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Community Land Trust: Affordable Housing - March 26, 2008
Kari Russom of Skagit County Community Action Agency describes Community Land Trusts as an alternative model of property ownership that allows people in certain lower to medium income brackets to own their own homes, who would not otherwise be able to do so. She talks about recent early efforts in Skagit County to establish such a Community Land Trust.

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Poverty, One Woman's Story - February 27, 2008
Dr. Donna Beegle grew up in abject poverty. Remarkably she was able to move out of that world, and now uses her personal experience, education, skills, and passion to improve the lives of people living in poverty. In this interview she tells her own story, speaks about what helped her, and talks about the paradigm shift in the way we think about people in poverty - from judgment to understanding - that is needed to be able to make a difference in their lives. Communication Across Barriers

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