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Basic Food Outreach

Provides information and direct application support that can help families and individuals obtain food stamps.   (360) 734-5121 ext. 224 (Whatcom County) (360) 679-6577 or 1-800-317-5427 (Island County)

Community Resource Centers

Connects people with community resources to help meet basic needs such as food and housing, including referrals for housing and rental assistance.   1111 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham 12 – 4 p.m. for walk-in appointments M-F (360) 734-5121 ext. 370   1791 N.E. 1st Ave., Oak Harbor 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. or walk-in appointments M-F (360) 679-6577 or 1-800-317-5427   8251 Kendall Rd. Maple Fall 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or walk-in appointments M-F (360) 599-3944   In San Juan County, we contract with local Resource Centers to provide services: Orcas Community Resource Center, 1292 North Beach Rd., Eastsound (360)…
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East Whatcom Regional Resource Center (EWRRC)

EWRRC is now open daily and provides general information and resources for the Maple Falls community.  This facility is located at 8251 Kendall Road in Maple Falls and available to rent for meetings and events.  For information about renting the space, call (360) 599-3944 or visit their web page,

Fresh Bucks – Whatcom Food Access Incentive Project

Fresh Bucks offers SNAP (food stamps) matching incentives to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. Participating vendors include the Bellingham Farmers Market and both Community Food Co-op locations.  This project is supported by a grant from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.   (360) 734-5121 ext. 246 (Whatcom County)

Energy Assistance Program

Helps pay home energy costs for eligible households. For current energy appointment scheduling information, call the phone number in your community, or visit this page, Energy Assistance Information. For an energy assistance appointment, call: (360) 255-2192 (Whatcom County), (360) 679-6577 or 1-800-317-5427 (Island County), 1-888-586-7293 (San Juan County) or (360) 376-3184 for Orcas Community Resource Center (360) 378-5246 for San Juan Island Family Resource Center (360) 468-4117 for Lopez Island Family Resource Center  


Needs-Based Ferry Passes: Discounted ferry tickets for current Lummi Island residents.  Current discounted fares: $92 for 25 roundtrips for passenger/ pedestrian and $66 for 10 round trips for vehicle and driver. There are two ways to qualify for needs-based ferry punch cards: Property tax exemption reduced fare passes (through the Whatcom County Assessor’s Office) and income-based reduced fare passes. All applications for needs-based punch cards based on income are obtained and processed by Opportunity Council. Call (360) 734-5121 ext. 209 to schedule an appointment. Please click here for more information. A limited number of bus tickets are distributed on a monthly…
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