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TRI-CITIES, FOOD BANKS, MOBILE MARKET, FOOD SUPPLY, VOLUNTEERS – MARCH 27
SECOND HARVEST TRI-CITIES IN THE NEWS
Second Harvest’s Pasco hunger solution center hosted two drive-thru food distributions this week to meet the increased need for food assistance in the area. At each distribution, families received emergency food boxes filled with more than 20 pounds of fresh, frozen and non-perishable food items.
While we prepared 250 boxes for each distribution, more than 600 cars lined up for Tuesday’s event—showcasing the growing need for food in the Tri-Cities community. The distributions were covered by local news outlets. Read more here and here.
We’ve leased an additional truck and trailer and hired two temporary drivers to help meet the increased need for food during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our emergency agency network team is keeping in close contact with our partner food banks and meals sites about barriers they’re facing in delivering services. Additional freight capacity and driver support will help keep partners food banks and meal sites stocked as we cope with a significant influx of people seeking food assistance. Thank you to all our donors who made this possible!
Our Mobile Market hit the road this week, providing food to more than 1,200 families total at distributions in Colfax, Loon Lake and Spokane. In addition to our Mobile Market bus, which serves the Spokane area, our larger-scale Mobile Market truck will be on the road four to five times a week and will target many high-need rural areas.
While navigating this crisis in the last two weeks, we’ve had more food flow out our doors than is coming in. Disruptions in our supply chain have made it difficult to keep up with the unprecedented need for food we’re seeing in our region. Second Harvest will continue to monitor our incoming food supply as the COVID-19 crisis continues.
Food bank volunteers are exempt under the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order enacted in Washington earlier this week. We are still in need of volunteers to help sort and repack food for distribution to our partner agencies and through Mobile Market distributions. Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers this week! If you’d like to volunteer, you can sign up here.
A special thank you to Steve, a volunteer who has shown up every day – all day – to help get food to people who need it. While his employer is temporarily closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, Steve has spent his time off helping feed his community. Read more about Steve here.
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.
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.
Focus on Senior Nutrition – May 19
May is Older Americans Month so let’s chat nutrition for ages 60 and up. Just like our eating habits fluctuate throughout our lifetime, our dietary needs also change. Here are some tips and tricks to make your golden years healthy ones.
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