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Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.


Provider Description: WSU Whatcom County Extension SNAP-Ed


COVID-19 Response

List of School Meal Programs

Bellingham Public Schools
School Meal Program

Nooksack Valley School District
Expanding School Meal Pick-up Hours

Mt. Baker School District
Meal Delivery Program

Ferndale School District
Meal Program

Lynden School District
School Meal Pick-up Hours

Blaine School District
School Meal Program

Food Meal Resources in Whatcom County

Please be sure to call before going to the location as times may have changed due to the outbreak.

under “Food Resources” – Printable List of Food Meal Resources


Preparedness & Response in East Whatcom County

Local food resources: how you can get help when you need it, and how to offer help if you are able.

Meal Resources & How to Help in East Whatcom County

At-Home and Distance Learning Resources

To help families during the COVID-19 school closures, has set up a Google Classroom to provide parents and educators with free access to CATCH’s evidence-based Health, Nutrition, and Physical Education materials.

Our friends at Chop Chop Family magazine are also helping during this time of Coronavirus-related closures and are working on e-newsletters for families to explore recipes and ingredients! Click below to see their first newsletter.

Find many more healthy recipes, with easy-to-read directions, check out Chop Chop Family’s website:

About Us

WSU Whatcom County Extension SNAP-Ed, also known as “Food $ense”, has provided hands-on nutrition education in Whatcom County since 2004. We are a community nutrition education program for low income households. Serving approximately 3,000 Whatcom County residents, WSU Whatcom SNAP-Ed reaches youth, adults, and families with limited incomes to develop skills and behaviors to eat more healthfully and be more physically active. Our focus is to support and encourage healthy food choices by providing participants with the knowledge to select, prepare and consume healthy meals for themselves and their families.

Meet our Team!

Lee Anne Riddle, WSU SNAP-Ed Admin Manager

Amber Noskoff, Program Coordinator and Region 3 Data Specialist

SNAP-Ed participant website

Full of budget-friendly and tasty recipes, as well as food preservation and nutrition information and physical activity information.

Current Programming

List of Curricula offered

• Eating Smart Being Active
• Plan, Shop, Save, Cook
• Eat Smart Live Strong
• Cooking Matters in the Community
• Choose Health: Food, Fun, and Fitness
• Read for Health

Environmental, Systems and Policy Change Activities

• Food Bank Recipe Demonstrations and Tastings
• Informative Bulletin Boards with Informative Handouts and Recipes
• Healthy Food Pantry Assessments
• Smarter Lunchrooms Assessments
• Harvest of the Month
• Student Nutrition Action Councils (SNAC)
• Health Walking Events
• Community Health Fairs
• Grocery Store Tours
• Community Garden Demonstrations

If you are interested in learning more about this programming, contact: Amber Noskoff –

We also support these programs found where people shop!

Fresh Bucks Logo Fresh Bucks – These match your SNAP/EBT purchases of fruits and vegetables with additional coupons to buy more fresh produce at participating Farmers’ Markets.
Complete Eats Logo Complete Eats – If you or your family uses SNAP/Basic Food/EBT, you can earn extra savings when you buy fresh, frozen, or canned fruits and vegetables as long as they have no added fat, sugar or salt, at any Safeway store in Washington. Check out this map!


Contact Us

Phone: (360) 778-5820


Our Community Partners

Unity Care NW
Northwest Indian College
Lummi Tribal Health Center
Lummi Tribal Commodity Food Bank
Ferndale Food Bank
• East County Emergency Food Pantry
Lynden Project Hope Food Bank
Lydia Place
New Way Ministries
• Sterling Meadows
• Regency Park
Bellingham Housing Authority
Nooksack Valley School District
Bellingham School District
Ferndale School District