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BEN FRANKLIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP, MOBILE MARKET AND MORE – MAY 26
PARTNERSHIP WITH BEN FRANKLIN TRANSIT
Second Harvest and Ben Franklin Transit in the Tri-Cities have partnered to host food distributions to transit riders. Over the past two weeks, 500 families have received fresh produce and shelf-stable products at these events. Ben Franklin Transit will host four distributions concurrently on Wednesday, May 27, at 11 a.m. in Kennewick, Pasco, Richland and Prosser. Second Harvest appreciates Ben Franklin Transit’s commitment to ensuring that everyone in their community has access to food during this crisis.
Second Harvest’s Mobile Market will return to the Spokane County Fairgrounds (404 N. Havana St. Spokane Valley, WA 99202) on Wednesday, May 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or while supplies last). Thank you to the Washington State Potato Commission for sponsoring this event and donating 100,000 pounds of potatoes for distribution. For more details about the event, click here.
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SIKH TEMPLE DONATION
The Sikh communities in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene came together to donate $15,000 to Second Harvest to help ensure that our neighbors in need have access to healthy food during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to their monetary contribution, they also donated $2,000 in food. Thank you to the Sikh Temple for your generous support during this crisis! Learn more about their donation here.
VOICES OF HOPE
“My husband is in health care, and even though he’s an essential worker, he was still laid off due to lack of patients. I have three small children under the age of five. This has been a terrible time for us. The first time I went to a Mobile Market, I had tears in my eyes. I never wanted to have to go, but it has been so helpful.” -Debbie, Kennewick
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When we think of preventing and treating the flu, a few consumables come to mind — vitamin C powders, zinc supplements, chicken soup, and tea with honey. Diet, however, is just one part of the complex puzzle that is the immune system. As we find with many disease states, a balanced and varied diet, regular sleep and exercise, and reduced stress are all key players in staving off that pesky fall flu. There is no one food that will protect you from sniffles during sweater season, but there are some nutrients known to be essential for proper immune cell function.
Three meals a day — every day. When you don’t know where your next meal is coming from, that’s a lot of uncertainty. When you join Feed365 and become a monthly giver, you’ll create a reliable source of year-round funding to help provide healthy, fresh meals for children, families and seniors facing hunger in our community. Your monthly gift is easy to set up and manage and will make a huge difference in the lives of people facing hunger in the Inland Northwest.
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.