Campus-community fresh food initiative wins award

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Palouse Fresh Food Project (PFFP) recently won the first Engaged Campus-Community Partnership Award for the western region of Campus Compact, a national university coalition that promotes civic engagement.

PFFP works to alleviate poverty in Whitman County through increased fresh food production and access. An AmeriCorps VISTA program, it was established in 2015 by the Washington State University Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) and has collaborated with 16 community organizations to develop service learning opportunities for over 2,000 students.

Projects have included food drives, community gardens, a seed library, cooking demonstrations and more.

“One of the strengths of the PFFP has been the ability to partner with so many great organizations across the Palouse,” said Ryan Lazo, WSU CCE community partnerships coordinator. “These strong partnerships ensure programs are not only meeting community identified needs, but doing it in a sustainable way.”

The PFFP is funded by Washington Campus Compact and supported by the WSU CCE. Learn more at


News media contact:
Erin McIlraith, WSU Center for Civic Engagement, 509-335-0578,