Bounty for Families Kicks Off 2019

The year is off to a promising start at Bounty For Families. Our February board meeting included plenty of plans for 2019, all related to our mission of cultivating a healthy community. New developments include:

Connecting with the Yelm High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) program. Our board was invited to observe two groups from the FFA practice their presentations on their way to the state competition. Their topics:

  1. Effects of micro plastics on aquatic environments and aquatic agricultural commodities  
  2. Whether or not the United States farm bill should increase funding to support farmer mental health

The board, along with special guests from the Community Gardens Committee, already got to observe one presentation and found it informative and thought-provoking. We’re looking forward to more interaction with this group!

Speaking of Community Gardens, we hosted our first monthly Community Gardens Committee meeting this month and several volunteers and the design process for the Yelm City Park garden Project is underway. Once complete, it will be a huge step towards our vison for a radiant and abundant community- so calling all green thumbs! Be sure to be on the lookout for updates on how this project is coming along, and how you can help be a part of the fun.

Preparing for the Yelm Farmers Market season. This year, we are innovating ways to we can include the community and get more people involved, so we are in search of non-profits who would have great opportunities to show their wonderful work to the public; They would have a free booth for each of the markets, and are encouraged to bring a kid-friendly activity that can be promoted through the Power of Produce Kids program, a truly amazing and fun way for kids to get involved in understanding the importance of eating and gardening fresh foods straight from the earth.

Contact us to see how some of our community members are making a difference step by step, and how YOU can be a part of transforming our communities into a place where kids, adults, families, and plants alike can grow and thrive.

For more info, visit bountyforfamilies.org

Gift of Gobble 2018 Now Accepting Nominations and Donations

It’s that time again – Gift of Gobble time.

Every year, Bounty for Families (formerly the Yelm Cooperative) feeds 100 local families at Thanksgiving through community support.

The families represent an authentic cross-section of Yelm: 25 are from JBLM, 27 are from 9 local churches, 6 are from two school districts – Yelm and Rainier – and the remainder are individuals nominated by the community.

Through this unique program dreamt up nine years ago by one local woman, those who may be struggling this holiday season but don’t qualify for social services can maintain their privacy and dignity.

They simply pick up all the fixings for a Thanksgiving feast, including a turkey, potatoes, vegetables, and even pumpkin pie fillings on the Monday before Thanksgiving.  Anyone can nominate a family by filling out a form at the Yelm Food Co-op or Nominate a family online and one of our volunteers will contact them and provide details of where and when.

Gift of Gobble relies entirely on community support.  All donations are tax deductible and go directly to supporting people right here in our neighborhoods. Just $60 feeds a family of six! Click here to donate and make a difference for our community. Thank you for your support and Happy Holidays!

Give now using the form below!

Kids are a big part of the Yelm Farmers Market

OK, we’ll let the parents come, too!

But, each year at the the Yelm Farmers Market we are so pleased to see the number of kids who come out to learn more about food and farmers and buy good things to eat or to just look around.

In 2018, we plan on plenty of activities to keep kids happy and learning each time they come to the market. In past years, we’ve had face painting  days, pumpkin bowling days and of course our Power of Produce Kids Club

kids at YFM

This year in our new location at the Yelm Community Center on the Yelm City Park, kids can also get to the park playground easily and spend time looking around the new Community Garden which will be right next door.

The Yelm Farmers Market is a place for families and we hope to see you all there!