About Feed Washington

Feed Washington is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization that was founded by Eirik Olsen in 2003 with the goal of eradicating childhood hunger in Washington State. Eirik was inspired to start Feed Washington after volunteering as a board member for the North Seattle Boys and Girls Club and hearing story after story of Club members who were going hungry on a daily basis.

In Eirik's words: "Before we can expect children to do well at school, at home, with friends, or at the Boys and Girls Club, they must be properly fed. Since children don't have the ability to meet their basic needs we, the non-hungry adults of Washington State, must help them until they can. I hope you will join me and Feed Washington's incredible donors in doing whatever is necessary to put an end to childhood hunger."

Eirik Olsen, Founder / President

Eirik has been a resident of Washington State for over 40 years. Eirik graduated from Ballard High School and has a Masters Degree in Business and a Law Degree from the University of Washington. Eirik is an owner of Sterling, Johnston Real Estate and Property Management and resides in Sammamish with his wife and three daughters.

Katy Phillips, Campaign Manager

Katy is a devoted advocate for children and education. Work that she has done in the community includes, fundraising and leadership positions in her local PTA, fundraising for Seattle Children's Hospital and providing pro-bono legal services for Kids in Need of Defense. She has lived in the Seattle area for over 40 years and has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Law degree from University of Washington.  Katy currently lives in Bellevue with her 3 children.

Betsy Monroe, Program Manager

Betsy is a former public high school educator. Her teaching experience, particularly with at-risk youth, fuels her ambition to meet the needs of children in the community. As Program Manager for Feed Washington, Betsy oversees daily operations, acts as the community liaison and facilitates growth of the organization as a whole. Betsy has lived in the Seattle area for 12 years and resides in Bothell with her family. You can contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Janice Wilson Vaché, Board Member

Janice has spent many years working and volunteering for non-profits that benefit children, in roles such as PR Manager at the March of Dimes Western Washington Chapter, as well as varied volunteer positions at schools, local PTAs and the LWPTSA Council. Currently she serves as part of the Volunteer Leadership Team for Hopelink Pantry Packs, which provides weekend food for hungry students in Lake Washington School District. She is also a freelance writer and editor.


Devin Easterlin, Board Member

Devin is an attorney and owner of Sterling, Johnston Real Estate and Property Management. He is passionate about serving the community, and particularly supporting causes that help children. Devin grew up in Kirkland and now lives with his family in Woodinville.


Derek Bunyard, Board Member

Derek is a real estate broker and owner of Sterling, Johnston Real Estate and Property Management. A Northwest native, Derek grew up in Kirkland and now lives in Redmond with his wife and two children. Derek is an active member of the community and is committed to developing systems and tools to help children in need.