EVENTS HAPPENING IN YOUR AREA.
LIFE CENTER FUNDRAISER AND DISTRIBUTION, SHARE YOUR STORY AND MORE – MAY 12
DISTRIBUTION AT THREE RIVERS CAMPUS
Last week, the Toyota Center in Kennewick hosted two drive-thru food distributions. More than 1,600 families received a variety of food items from the distributions, including potatoes donated by the Washington State Potato Commission as part of their commitment to donate one million pounds of potatoes to people facing hunger during the pandemic. Read more about the distributions here and here, and watch a video of some footage from Friday’s distribution.
The Three Rivers Campus, which includes the Toyota Center, has partnered with Second Harvest to both store food items and host drive-thru distributions each Wednesday in May at 11 a.m. For more information about upcoming distributions, see our calendar of events.
LIFE CENTER FUNDRAISER AND DISTRIBUTION
On Saturday, May 9, Life Center hosted a drive-thru Feed a Neighbor fundraiser for Second Harvest at their church campus in west Spokane. Lifting up a $125,000 matching gift, Life Center saw its members and the community come together to donate $127,000 by the time the drive-thru event ended Saturday afternoon. Additional donations that came in after that are still being counted and will come in well over the $250,000 goal to help ensure that everyone in our community has the food they need during this crisis. In addition to the fundraiser, Life Center collected 5,816 pounds of food—the equivalent of 4,800 meals—for hungry people in Spokane. Thank you to Life Center and everyone who participated. You can learn more about the event here.
Life Center will also host a drive-thru food distribution this Thursday, May 14, at the church (1202 Government Way, Spokane, WA 99224) from 4 to 7 p.m. (or while supplies last). About 1,000 families will be served. For more information about the event, click here.
PARTNERSHIP WITH YAKIMA VALLEY FARM WORKERS CLINIC
The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic hosted three Mobile Market distributions over the last two weeks to help meet the increased need for food in rural areas. The events took place in Toppenish, Yakima and Grandview and together served more than 1,300 families.
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 right now 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. You can also share your story anonymously. Please use this form to get in touch.
As we reflect on this year’s turkey drives, we want to share our gratitude. A community of volunteers, food pantries, agriculture partners and donors joined hands to distribute 6,800 Thanksgiving meals to neighbors in need in Spokane, the Mid-Columbia and Yakima Valley. To each of you, we say thank you.
Thanksgiving, known for bringing together cherished ones over a festive meal, embodies not only the joy of togetherness but also serves as an occasion to express and spread gratitude. As we reflect on gratitude, we at Second Harvest want to send heartfelt thanks to the pantries and meal programs that tirelessly serve our communities.
The Bite2Go program rallies people from a diversity of backgrounds around the simple belief that no child should go hungry. Our donors and volunteers come from the business world, the faith community and a variety of civic groups and clubs; they range in age from 9 to 90.
As Nov. 11, Veterans Day, approaches, we’d like to take time to thank a special group — our veterans — and acknowledge the multiple ways they serve our program and our communities as they once served their nation.