Second Harvest is an essential service, and we will remain open during the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order in Washington. We are still distributing food to partners and through our direct service programs. We are also still in need of volunteers to help sort and repack food for distribution. 


Food banks are considered an essential service, like grocery stores, and can remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you need food assistance, you can still visit your local food bank for help. Please call first, as some food banks are modifying their hours of operation to comply with social distancing recommendations.  

If you can’t leave your home because you are quarantined or part of a high-risk population, please call your local food bank to ask how they can help you or if a family member or friend can pick up food for you. Many food banks are making adjustments to protect everyone’s health and safety. Please call your local food bank to inquire about any accommodations. 

To find your local food bank, click here


As the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic leaves more people needing food assistance across the Inland Northwest, Second Harvest’s Mobile Market is rolling to respond. These free food distributions bring groceries directly to people in need. We’re working with our partners to assess service gaps throughout our service territory and bring the Mobile Market to high-need communities. We’ve modified our distribution model to help keep everyone safe and allow for social distancing.  

Here’s how we’re using free food distributions to meet the increased need due to the COVID-19 pandemic: 

  • On March 23 and 24, the Mobile Market bus brought groceries to kids and families at Pope Francis Haven Apartments, Lidgerwood Elementary, Logan Elementary and Planet Kids Daycare in Spokane. The food that families took home helped fill gaps while schools are closed and while some families  re experiencing decreased incomes and increased expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Second Harvest’s hunger solution center in Pasco scheduled drive-thru food distributions on March 24 and 26, making it possible for up to 250 families each day to take home pre-packaged boxes of more than 20 pounds of fresh, frozen and shelf-stable food. 
  • Beginning March 28, Second Harvest will provide food for weekly food distributions of Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC) in Walla Walla. BMAC is a longtime partner of Second Harvest and typically hosts several Mobile Market distributions. Given the increased need during this crisis, BMAC will host a weekly distribution every Saturday to help provide food to people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

For more information on our Mobile Market, click here. To see the when the Mobile Market is coming to your area, click here.


Second Harvest has been identified as an essential business and is able to continue our operations during the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order for Washington. Our volunteer workforce is also exempt from this order and is more important than ever to help pack food for distribution to our communities most in need.  

We have made modifications to our shifts in our volunteer center and warehouse to ensure we are following the CDC’s recommendations. The health and safety of our volunteers, clients, partners, staff and entire community is paramount. In keeping with CDC guidance, we ask that adults 65 or older, people with serious underlying conditions or who are exhibiting symptoms of any illness, anyone who has traveled internationally, or is in any other high-risk group stay home at this time. 

Our shift schedule is available on our website, and you can sign up here

To sign up to receive our updates to COVID-19 via email, please click here.

Feed. Nourish. Build. – Jun 9

Feed. Nourish. Build. – Jun 9

Feed. Nourish. Build. It’s Second Harvest’s work and your impact.
Our team spent time recently more clearly defining how our hunger-relief mission shows up in local neighborhoods because of support from people like you. We developed a new framework for us to talk about the important work we do every day and how the different areas of our work overlap.
The result? Feed. Nourish. Build. Three pillars of our vital work. All are connected, and each is important and contributes to the whole.

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Kids Summer Cooking Classes – Jun 2

Kids Summer Cooking Classes – Jun 2

So many life skills are learned in the kitchen — counting, following directions, teamwork, science, budgeting both time and money, problem-solving, creativity, and more! This is why Second Harvest is passionate about providing kids with the opportunity to build confidence in the kitchen. We’re excited to host two great kids cooking camps this summer in The Kitchen at Second Harvest.

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Agency Spotlight: Volunteers of America – May 26

Agency Spotlight: Volunteers of America – May 26

Volunteers of America’s partnership with Second Harvest is an essential part of the services offered at their locations: Hope House, Hope House Apartments and The Marilee Apartments. While the Volunteers of America provide support through social services and case management, Second Harvest focuses on providing food that is distributed daily as meals and groceries to their clients.

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