EVENTS HAPPENING IN YOUR AREA.
BEHIND THE SCENES, MOBILE MARKET, EMERGENCY FOOD BOXES AND MORE – APRIL 10
SPOKANE DRIVE-THRU DISTRIBUTION
On Saturday, April 25, Second Harvest hosted a drive-thru distribution at our Spokane hunger solution center. The distribution served more than 700 families. Read more about the event here.
Last week, our Mobile Market distributions in Spokane, Spokane Valley, Quincy, Smelterville, Bonners Ferry, Coeur d’Alene, Cusick, Benton City, Kennewick and Sunnyside provided food to more than 4,500 families.
Quincy Mayor Paul Worley wrote a letter thanking Second Harvest after the distribution there, saying, “Second Harvest is a model of those who have risen to the occasion in response to the needs of others, and we earnestly thank you for your support of our community.” Thank you to all the volunteers and donors across the region who have risen to the occasion to ensure our communities have the healthy food they need during this time.
Check out some photos from last week’s Mobile Market events below.
ADDITIONAL DELIVERIES TO PARTNERS
In order to keep up with the growing demand in the rural parts of our service territory, Second Harvest has formalized additional deliveries to several partners in the Tri-Cities, Mattawa, Royal City, Ellensburg, the Gorge, Toppenish and Yakima. These consistent deliveries of additional food will help meet the increasing need for food assistance due to COVID-19 in these communities.
BMAC WEEKLY DISTRIBUTIONS
Second Harvest continues to provide food for Blue Mountain Action Council’s distributions, which now serve 1,100 families each week. Times and locations of their weekly distributions are posted on their website.
WASHINGTON STATE FOOD ACCESS MAP
Second Harvest teamed up with Food Lifeline and Northwest Harvest to create a statewide food access map. The map shows food banks and meal programs across Washington and provides information such as address, phone number and hours of operation. The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting service hours at some locations, so please be sure to call the number listed to confirm they will be open.
Mark your calendars! May 5th is #GivingTuesdayNow – a national day to make a difference. You can make a gift here to help ensure our neighbors in need during this crisis have access to healthy food. Your gift on Tuesday, May 5th will be generously matched, up to the first $35,000, by First Interstate Bank.
MAYOR WOODWARD SERVES AT SCHOOL DISTRIBUTION
Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward joined our distribution at Rogers High School on Monday, April 27. She helped distribute food to nearly 250 families. Thank you, Mayor Woodward, for helping ensure all Spokane families have the food they need during this time!
Bite2Go is a weekend food program for students facing chronic food shortages at home. Bite2Go gives children access to a mix of nutritious, nonperishable and ready-to-eat meals and snacks for the weekend, helping kids return to school ready to learn on Mondays. At the heart of the program is the adoptive organization. Bite2Go relies on businesses, churches and civic groups to “adopt” a school, and through that engagement and funding model, provide students with food for the weekends through the school year.
Did you know September is Hunger Action Month? It’s a time when we can all come together, nationally, regionally, and most importantly on a local level, to make a difference in our communities and help feed those who are in need. And guess what? Gesa Credit Union is all in as our sponsor to amplify your generosity.
When people are fed, futures are nourished. Everyone deserves to live a full life. Nutritious food creates fuel for progress. So how can you help feed, nourish and build a brighter future for our neighbors whose cupboards are bare? It’s actually pretty simple.
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