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!
Finding food is, and always has been, our top priority. Rescuing food is what fuels our ability to help people facing hunger day in and day out.
You probably already know that Second Harvest distributes food to people facing hunger in Eastern Washington and North Idaho, but do you know how much food? What types of food or where do we get it? In fiscal year 2023, Second Harvest sourced over 32 million pounds of food, equating to close to 1,000 full semitrailers!
It’s anything but comforting to know that food banks across the country are facing challenges that are strikingly similar to those Second Harvest is working to overcome. For many food banks, the need is greater yet the ability to meet that need is becoming increasingly difficult. “Local food banks, pantries, and community meal programs have become an essential component of many households’ food budgets, especially as we continue to face increased food prices and the end of pandemic-era benefits,” notes Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot.