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SPOKANE FOOD FIGHTERS, BMAC, RESOURCE DIRECTORY, NATIONAL GUARD – APRIL 3
SECOND HARVEST IN THE NEWS
KXLY covered Second Harvest’s Mobile Market distribution on April 1 at Northeast Community Center. The event served 300 families. You can watch KXLY’s coverage here.
PARTNERSHIP WITH SPOKANE FOOD FIGHTERS
This was week one of Second Harvest’s partnership with Spokane Food Fighters for home deliveries of emergency food boxes. Second Harvest volunteers build meal boxes, and dedicated people donating their time as Spokane Food Fighters deliver them to people who are homebound due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, emergency food boxes were delivered to 311 families throughout Spokane. Watch KREM’s video about the partnership here.
BMAC WEEKLY DISTRIBUTIONS
In late March, Second Harvest began supplying extra food to longtime hunger-relief partner Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC) in Walla Walla. The food is for weekly distributions to help Walla Walla families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, the first two distributions served 908 households – and the second served 100 more households than the first. To keep pace with the growing need for food assistance in Walla Walla, Second Harvest will increase the amount of food provided to BMAC to accommodate for 600 families at these distributions each week.
THE FIG TREE RESOURCE DIRECTORY
The Fig Tree, a monthly publication in Spokane, updated its resource directory to include information specific to the COVID-19 pandemic. Updates include new food and clothing bank hours, energy and rent assistance resources, options for virtual health care and more. Visit the resource directory here.
NATIONAL GUARD AT WASHINGTON FOOD BANKS
In response to the increased need for food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Guard has been deployed to help food banks in Washington. This week, they served at two Second Harvest partners – Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC) and Tri-Cities Food Bank. Thank you to the men and women in the National Guard for helping keep our communities healthy and safe during this crisis.
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As we reflect on this year’s turkey drives, we want to share our gratitude. A community of volunteers, food pantries, agriculture partners and donors joined hands to distribute 6,800 Thanksgiving meals to neighbors in need in Spokane, the Mid-Columbia and Yakima Valley. To each of you, we say thank you.
Thanksgiving, known for bringing together cherished ones over a festive meal, embodies not only the joy of togetherness but also serves as an occasion to express and spread gratitude. As we reflect on gratitude, we at Second Harvest want to send heartfelt thanks to the pantries and meal programs that tirelessly serve our communities.
The Bite2Go program rallies people from a diversity of backgrounds around the simple belief that no child should go hungry. Our donors and volunteers come from the business world, the faith community and a variety of civic groups and clubs; they range in age from 9 to 90.
As Nov. 11, Veterans Day, approaches, we’d like to take time to thank a special group — our veterans — and acknowledge the multiple ways they serve our program and our communities as they once served their nation.