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THREE RIVERS CAMPUS DISTRIBUTION, LIFE CENTER FUNDRAISER AND MORE – MAY 8
DISTRIBUTION AT THREE RIVERS CAMPUS
Second Harvest partnered with Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick to host a drive-thru food distribution at the Toyota Center on Wednesday, May 6. The inaugural event served more than 500 families. Distributions will take place at the Toyota Center each Wednesday in May from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or while supplies last. For more information about these distributions, visit our calendar of events.
The Toyota Center also hosted a one-time distribution today, starting at 11 a.m., to serve an additional 1,000 families. A variety of food items, including potatoes donated by the Washington State Potato Commission, were distributed by the National Guard, volunteers and Three Rivers Convention Center staff.
WASHINGTON STATE POTATO COMMISSION DONATION
Washington’s potato growers have committed to donating one million pounds of potatoes to people facing hunger during COVID-19. With restaurants limited to take-out only, growers are experiencing a surplus of unprocessed potatoes—product that they don’t want to waste at a time of increased food insecurity in our region. Today at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, 50,000 pounds of the one-million-pound commitment were distributed to our neighbors in need. Read more about the Washington State Potato Commission’s donation here and here.
LIFE CENTER FUNDRAISER
Life Center in Spokane will host a drive-thru fundraiser this Saturday, May 9, to help provide food to people in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Participants can donate food, cash or checks at the church (1202 N. Government Way, Spokane, WA 99224) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or click here to give now. Life Center is generously matching up to $125,000 in donations to Second Harvest with a goal of raising $250,000. (Donations will be accepted online through Monday.) Get more details about Saturday’s event here.
MUV FITNESS FOOD DRIVE
MUV Fitness is hosting a food drive for Second Harvest today at its East Spokane, North Spokane and South Spokane locations. If you’d like to participate, bring donations to one of the locations before 6 p.m. Requested food donations include canned fish and lean meats, healthy soups and stews, dry or canned beans, whole grain pasta, rice and cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and other nut butters. Get more details about the food drive here.
FLY-OVER TO HONOR FRONTLINE WORKERS
An “America Strong” flyover to honor health care professionals, first responders and essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic took place today across the region. Two KC-135s from Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane flew over select cities and medical centers in Eastern Washington this afternoon. Flags on board will be hung at Second Harvest following the flight. For more details about the event, click here.
SHARE YOUR STORY
Have you sought food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Your story matters. Your voice will help people better understand what hunger looks like in our community during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they can help. Second Harvest shares stories of the people we serve on our website, in fundraising materials, on social channels and with the media. If you’re open to Second Harvest sharing your story in this way, use this form to get in touch.
Thank you to everyone who donated on Tuesday for #GivingTuesdayNow. Because of you, our neighbors in need can put food on the table during this crisis. Second Harvest extends a special thank you to First Interstate Bank for their generous match, which helped #GivingTuesdayNow donors double their impact.
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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.”
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.