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REP. NEWHOUSE VISITS, WA FOOD FUND, MOBILE MARKET AND MORE – MAY 1, 2020
REP. DAN NEWHOUSE VISITS SECOND HARVEST
Rep. Dan Newhouse visited Second Harvest in Pasco earlier this week to learn about how the National Guard members’ service is helping respond to the increased need for food in the community. You can watch a video covering his visit here.
WA FOOD FUND
Second Harvest received its first WA Food Fund emergency food boxes this week. Second Harvest will disburse these boxes to 14 counties in Eastern Washington as part of the WA Food Fund’s strategy to support a statewide hunger-relief effort during the COVID-19 pandemic. Food Lifeline and Northwest Harvest will also provide WA Food Fund emergency food boxes to other counties throughout the state.
Our Mobile Market continues to bring food to communities in Eastern Washington and North Idaho to help families fill gaps in their budgets as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can see the press’ coverage of two of this week’s Mobile Markets in Richland and Sunnyside. To find out when the Mobile Market will be near you, click here.
THE NATIONAL GUARD AT SECOND HARVEST
The National Guard has been instrumental in Second Harvest’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the National Guard have been deployed to Second Harvest’s hunger solution centers in Spokane and Pasco since March. Thanks to their efforts, Second Harvest has been able to provide $1 million in food each week for people experiencing hunger and food insecurity during these trying times.
INLAND COVID RESPONSE FOOD CONTINUITY TASK FORCE UPDATE
Members of the Inland COVID Food Continuity Task Force provided an update to the public on Friday, May 1. Drew Meuer, chief of staff at Second Harvest, outlined the current need and reported on our emergency response operations to date. Rep. Marcus Riccelli also provided information for people seeking food assistance and offered ways to help people facing hunger during the crisis. You can watch the update here.
Mark your calendars! May 5 is #GivingTuesdayNow – a global 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 5, will be generously matched, up to the first $35,000, by First Interstate Bank.
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Nearly six months after the federal COVID-19 emergency was lifted, obtaining food continues to be extremely challenging. News stories and conversations with our fellow Feeding America food banks confirm that food sourcing difficulties are nationwide.
That’s why we are so fortunate to be able to access Feeding America’s Choice System to obtain a variety of quality, nutritious food.
Looking for a fun way to celebrate your birthday, company event or holiday? Hosting a fundraiser for Second Harvest is easy and makes an impact. You can raise funds online or host a food drive in person. We’ll give you the tools to get set up, share your event and start collecting. Every dollar donated makes a difference for neighbors experiencing food insecurity.
Steve and his wife both retired from the Army, and he also spent time as a civil engineer in the Navy. His career has been a life of service to our country. Today, he is a member of the civilian workforce at Fairchild Air Force Base.
With economics the way they are today, Steve accesses Second Harvest Mobile Market free food distributions on base.
Naturally cheery, Steve manages a smile even when he explains “Times are hard.” Simultaneously, he proudly adds, “We have two kids, 13 and 14. They eat like crazy and are growing like mad.”