“I had to drag myself out of bed this morning to get here,” said Annabelle, as she stood in line at a Mobile Market. She had worked a 15-hour shift the day before at her job with a mental health agency. A single mom, Annabelle has two growing sons to feed, and she knew the Mobile Market would help her do that. That’s why she drove from her home in Spokane, still drained from the day before, to a distribution in Deer Park.

Annabelle is saving up to go back to school for a graduate degree in social work. But that’s meant an even tighter budget than usual. “I make just too much to qualify (for government assistance) but it’s not like I have a lot of extra money,” said Annabelle.

“I had to drag myself out of bed this morning to get here,”

“It’s difficult to decide between necessities. Do I pay my power bill, or do I buy produce?” she said. “This gives us the ability to have food between now and when school starts, and it gives us the ability to buy school supplies in lieu of food.”

In addition to going to grad school, Annabelle plans to give back to organizations like Second Harvest in the future—so that she can help others when they need a hand, just like they helped her.

What My Internship Taught Me – November 3

What My Internship Taught Me – November 3

Food insecurity. It is a term we so often hear, but many of us never really understand because we are lucky.

We have never skipped a meal because we can’t afford one or questioned when we will eat again. But it’s a reality for thousands of our neighbors.

They have to make impossible choices about whether to buy medication, pay rent, keep the power on, and put gas in the car — or buy food for the week.

And while I knew that people around me were making these choices every day, I never understood it until working with Second Harvest.

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Focus on College Hunger – October 20

Focus on College Hunger – October 20

While college campuses aren’t the first thing to cross our minds when we think of food insecurity, the reality is most colleges and universities have students that wrestle with getting enough healthy food. Making ends meet is becoming more difficult for today’s college students. To help fill the void, we have partnerships with several colleges and universities in our region, where students can get food from on-campus pantries and Mobile Markets.

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