Harvest Against Hunger

Harvest Against Hunger connects farmer, truckers, volunteers and food banks to reduce hunger and food waste.

aka HAH   |   Seattle, WA   |


Our mission is to: Feed the hungry with surplus nutritious food Access and improve food distribution and transportation systems Develop innovative hunger relief solutions Engage Rotarians in hunger relief solutions

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Executive Director

David Bobanick

Main address

PO Box 4098

Seattle, WA 98194 USA

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Formerly known as

Rotary First Harvest



NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Harvest Against Hunger addresses the dual problems of hunger or food insecurity and food waste. We work to serve as a vital resource in connecting opportunities across the entire food system spectrum to collect healthy and nutritious produce from various points in the agricultural system and apply donated or under-used resources to deliver that produce into the hunger relief system.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Harvest VISTA Program

Our Harvest VISTA program’s partnerships with diverse host sites are one its many strengths, as the unique roles these organizations occupy within the ecosystems of their communities and the hunger relief system provide opportunities to leverage strengths and initia- tives across the state. Harvest VISTA operates fluidly as a convener and collaborator, and the network of VISTAs operate as a team, though they are geographically disparate. Their diverse host sites offer different vantage points from which to access the system, and this strengthens the whole network of VISTAs, as well as Harvest Against Hunger.
Harvest VISTA is celebrating ten years as a program, and as we look forward to celebrating our successes, we marvel at how far we’ve come. We’ve recruited, trained, and placed more than 100 VISTA and Summer Associate members at host sites across Washington, and we’ve made a name for ourselves as one of the most prominent gleaning programs in the country. Our work as an AmeriCorps grantee, hosting both AmeriCorps VISTA members and AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) teams to shore up different aspects of the hunger relief system, has been nationally recognized. In 2017, Harvest Against Hunger won The Harkin Excellence in AmeriCorps Programming award for combining two normally siloed service programs in a way that leveraged both of their strengths. As we look to the years ahead, we are strategizing new ways that we can continue to lead.

Population(s) Served

As a result of our ongoing communications with food bank partners, RFH was made aware of the critical need for infrastructure at small and rural food banks. One of these infrastructure issues was the lack of computers which developed inefficient use of volunteer and staff resources. 
RFH partnered and collaborated with Computers for the World (C4W), another project of Rotary District 5030, to provide computers and specialized software to small, community food banks. C4W will enlist Newport High School’s computer lab students to refurbish donated computers and load purchased or donated software. RFH will distribute the computers through its existing produce delivery system. In addition, RFH will be making the specialized client management and inventory software programs available, via web downloads, to small food banks that already have computers.

Population(s) Served

Getting fresh produce into the emergency food system is an increasingly important part of hunger-relief efforts in communities across Washington.

Harvest Against Hunger is partnering with the Washington State Department of Agriculture, Harvest VISTA host sites, farmers, food pantries, and local funders to expand the Farm to Food Pantry initiative that was launched as a pilot in 2014.

Results from F2FP 2019 showed that purchasing directly from a local farmer will increase the variety, nutrient density, and availability of local crops while improving access to healthier food choices for families and individuals in need. These direct purchasing contracts dramatically strengthens the bond between farmers and hunger relief programs. Results continue to show that if a farmer has a strong relationship with a local food pantry they are significantly more inclined to make additional produce donations through either gleaning or post-harvest.

We’ve compiled reports from previous seasons in our online Produce Recovery Guide. Recommendations from previous pilot programs show that sites should consider creating contracts with growers, making payments before delivery (“seeds in the ground”), and engaging multiple farms. By taking these steps, the sites should be able to grow new relationships and strengthen the existing ones that they have with local farms.

Population(s) Served

Harvest Against Hunger is expanding upon our Farm to Food Pantry program within our very own King County, Washington, in which 1 out of every 10 people lives in poverty1. Through the King County Farmers Share (KCFS), we are collaborating with hunger relief agencies, small farms, and aggregators within the county. Thanks to a two-year grant from the King Conservation District, agencies can apply for funding to purchase produce directly from farmers. Establishing these connections will both increase the amount, variety, quality, and consistency of local produce available to food insecure King County residents and support local farmers with a consistent, profitable outlet for produce.

We are developing direct purchasing agreements with farmers and food banks as well as piloting new ideas and models, creating flexible arrangements that support the varied needs of our partners. Like F2FP, agencies and farms can arrange contracts upfront (pre-harvest) or as extra unharvested produce becomes available during the growing season, ensuring fresh, healthy food goes to people rather than to waste. Since it is not always financially feasible for farmers to make donations, purchasing produce allows food banks to establish good rapport, fostering ongoing, mutually beneficial relationships.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total pounds of food rescued

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Core work: donations of truckloads of produce & miles of donated or discounted trucking provided. Harvest VISTA: Pounds of produce gleaned/rescued + value F2C: Pounds purchased/gleaned from farms

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Getting healthy produce to hungry people is complicated. Harvest Against Hunger plays the unique role of making connections that move surplus produce from farms to food banks. We are successful because we build relationships that create efficiencies for everyone involved. Farmers and produce packers reduce food loss and more healthy food makes it to people in need.

Our goals are to identify areas where connections within food systems are weak and strengthen them through the development of appropriate and strategic program development, including our Farm to Food Pantry initiatives, our Harvest VISTA program and various transportation and capacity building efforts.

1) Build local, reliable and tangible connections between local farmers and hunger relief partners through our Harvest VISTA program and our various farm to food bank initiatives and partnerships.
2) Engage underused resources in trucking and logistics to deliver produce from areas of production and availability into existing hunger-relief programs and partners.
3) Develop and support new program models to enhance efficiency and capacity to safely and effectively handle produce throughout the hunger relief system in Washington State.
4) Expand partnerships with organizations that may play a role in building better, more reliable food systems in communities across Washington and beyond.

Since 1982, we have collected and distributed nearly 250,000,000 pounds of produce that might otherwise have gone to waste. In addition to expanding our core work of delivering truckload-sized donations of produce to our hunger relief partners, HAH continues to develop innovative programs to support overall hunger relief efforts. We work in close partnership with entities like the Washington State Department of Agriculture to test, build and expand programs like Farm to Food Pantry and Refrigerated Capacity Grants that target support to develop and strengthen local food systems and hunger relief efforts. We also use our unique partnership with Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to expand the impact of our Hunger VISTA program that is dedicated to building and refining localized hunger relief and food waste recovery programs that are both effective and sustainable. To date, we've worked with more than 80 partners throughout Washington and in several other states, engaging an average of nearly 20,000 volunteers every year in those communities where our VISTA operate.

Our goals are to continue to deliver healthy, nutritious produce to our hunger relief partners in ways that are both efficient and cost-effective. We also look forward to the continued expansion of our various programs designed to support hunger-relief programs and other partners across the food systems. Programs we'll be continuing include:
- Harvest VISTA program - our award-winning program that leverages AmeriCorps VISTA, NCCC, VISTA Summer Associates and other partnerships to build reliable, effective and culturally appropriate gleaning, produce recovery and general food system support models at non-profits in Washington and several other states;
- Farm to Food Pantry - an innovative partnership that establishes wholesale contract models that connect hunger relief groups with local small to medium scale growers in 16 counties across Washington;
- King County Farmers Share - a sister program to Farm to Food Pantry built on the same tried and true model, but focused specifically on farmers and programs in King County, WA;
- Computers for Food Banks - a program that partners with local high-school students to refurbish and reload computers donated by Seattle's tech industry for use at hunger relief and other community programs;
- Hunger Relief Refrigerated Capacity Grants that help hunger relief partners acquire the tools and equipment they need to expand their capacity to handle perishable food items like produce, meat and dairy.

Finally, our staff and Board of Directors use four strategic committees to both guide our work and to look for other opportunities to leverage organizational resources and relationships. Those committees - Programmatic Impact, Futurecasting, Advocacy and Development - provide an effective decision-making filter process that allows us to determine how we can most effectively invest our organizational resources.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


Harvest Against Hunger

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Harvest Against Hunger

Board of directors
as of 06/05/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Adam Mihlstin


Term: 2022 - 2024

David Siebert


Stan Kehl


Bob Olsen

Schlemlien Fick & Scruggs PLLC

Rebecca Jay

Neilsen Services

Julie Shott

Madison Team

James Tanasse

Kraft Foods (retired)

Adam Mihlstin


Devon Ahud

Washington State Dept of Social Services

Pam Romine

White Center Food Bank

Morris Kremen

VM Ware

Steve Tyler

Rodney Proctor


Dina Craemer


Jemal Idriss

Washington Performance

Tom Buehrer

Trey Chenier

Perkins Coie

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/19/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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Male, Not transgender
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Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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