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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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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.
Check out the latest news from Second Harvest. Serving people facing hunger across the Inland Northwest.
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.