We have been at work in central Washington since the mid-1990s. “APOYO” means “support” in Spanish. It also stands for “Allied People Offering Year-Round Outreach.” Our mission is to help anyone who needs it, however we can. We promote community cooperation, provide outreach and advocacy to Latinx communities, act as a liaison between Latinx communities and private and governmental organizations, and help empower Latinx communities to promote, celebrate and honor their diverse cultures and histories in Central Washington and beyond.

About Us

APOYO is known for its service as a food pantry and clothing bank where everyone is welcome. We provide healthy, culturally-relevant food. We can help people with English and Spanish translation. We can help families communicate with healthcare providers and teachers. We can help people find legal assistance. Find out more about our history and our team.

How You Can Help

Make A Donation

Giving online has never been more secure, convenient, and hassle-free. We also accept in person donations of cash or check at our physical location: 1320 E. 18th Avenue. Or you can mail a donation to P.O. Box 194, Ellensburg, WA 98926.

Become a Volunteer

Join with us to become part of a network strong enough to affect a positive change in the lives of the local Latinx community. Or if you need community service hours please feel free to contact us for more information.

CWU Students & Faculty

APOYO has partnered with CWU since 1998. We give students opportunities for internships and projects. To learn more, contact Dr. Hope Amason, APOYO’s Academic Connections Team leader, at hope.amason@cwu.edu.

Please contact us about food donations. Have garden surplus? We’d be happy to offer it at our food pantry!

Our Services

Our direct services are limited to food and clothing resources. We can offer help by referral to other services.

  • Food pantry
  • Clothing bank
  • Educational workshops
  • Internships & other learning opportunities for students
  • Translation assistance
  • Referrals to other resources

Building Community

APOYO is building a community outreach center to house our food pantry operations and be a space for our community to gather and thrive! We are in the early stages of the project: fundraising, building design, and infrastructure installation in partnership with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Ellensburg Lodge 20.

Working Partnerships

WSDA, We Feed WA

Partnering with Washington State Department of Agriculture, we can increase our certainty of food distributions. WSDA’s vision is to contribute to the state’s people’s health, environment, and economy. For more information, visit WSDA We Feed WA

Northwest Harvest

APOYO has been a Northwest Harvest partner since our founding. Northwest Harvest partners with 375 food programs throughout Washington to create a Hunger Response Network. For more information, visit Northwest Harvest.

Kittitas County Health Network

APOYO is a member of the Leadership Council of the Kittitas County Health Network. We work with KCHN to educate the community about health and wellness.

Kittitas County Public Health Department

Partnering with the Kittitas County Public Health Department, we host Covid-19 vaccination clinics at APOYO and provide health care supplies to APOYO members. Amigos Atléticos, our youth fitness club for students in grades 5-10 started with a KCPHD Covid-19 Health Equity Coalition grant.


APOYO helps get people connected to services through HopeSource. To address housing insecurity, we partnered with HopeSource December 2020 to March 2021 as a sub-contractor in the Washington State Department of Commerce Eviction Rental Assistance Program. APOYO was awarded $27,830.25 to distribute to landlords.


We have partnered with Central Washington Justice for Our Neighbors to help people apply for immigrant relief funds.


Over the years, APOYO has partnered with other organizations to serve community needs as they arise. If your organization would like to propose a partnership, please contact us!

Know Your Rights

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APOYO Food Bank

Food distributions at
1320 E 18th Ave., Ellensburg

Wednesday distribution
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday distribution
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.


Mailing Address
P.O. Box 194, Ellensburg, WA 98926-1911