APOYO means support. Allied People Offering Year-Round Outreach has been at work since 1995, when Philip Garrison and friends began giving out Northwest Harvest food from the back of a pickup truck. We incorporated in 1999 and became a tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code in 2000.

Friendship with CWU

We began operating on Central Washington University’s campus in 1998. From our campus spaces, we have offered opportunities for education and cultural exchange for CWU students and faculty, our members and clients, and our Ellensburg neighbors.

Food pantry

We have always been a food pantry, providing ethnically sensitive food and material support to a diverse population in our area. Everyone is welcome, and we have no restrictions on the number of times clients can take food. We collect no personal data, and we do not turn anyone away. We can sometimes deliver food in emergency situations.

We receive and distribute hundreds of thousands of pounds of food from Northwest Harvest, a regional organization founded in the 1960s. We receive funding for our food pantry operations from the State of Washington’s Department of Agriculture Emergency Food Assistance Program.

We receive other funding and support from volunteers and private donors, and grants from community organizations. We’ve received generous grants from the Group Health Foundation, Yakima Valley Community Foundation, United Way of Central Washington, Kittitas County Public Health Department, and PSE to help us as we grow and transition and continue to provide food and other material support for our community during these difficult times.


This is an exciting and challenging time for APOYO. We are building on more than 25 years of service to our community and transitioning off CWU’s campus to a new facility: a passive solar strawbale building on land we lease from the Independent Order of Oddfellows Ellensburg Lodge 20.

APOYO will continue to serve as a food pantry and become a community center, too! The APOYO community center will empower members to mutually provide food and other material support, offer and receive education through classes and workshops on topics relevant to the community, and host multicultural social activities.

Meg Ludlum, an Ellensburg friend and neighbor, has pledged a generous contribution to help establish the community center. The Group Health Foundation is also supporting APOYO’s transition with generous grants.

We hope to cut the ribbon in 2023, but we have a long way to go to raise the funds we need to complete the project. Community support will ensure APOYO’s success. If you are interested in helping with our fundraising efforts, please contact APOYO Executive Director Stefanie Wickstrom to learn more.

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APOYO is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our Federal EIN is 91-1970470.