Feeding hope: Cecelia’s story

Cecelia began to tear up as Second Harvest staff loaded bags of food into her car. It was her first time at a Mobile Market distribution, and she’s never been to a food bank.

But Cecelia’s budget looks a lot different during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her husband’s lawn care and handyman business used to support them. Now, they’re struggling to pay all the bills.

“It’ll help a lot, especially the oranges because I’m supposed to get one a day.”

A former nurse with the Red Cross, Cecelia knows what the medical providers are facing every day during this crisis. But health issues forced her to retire, and now those issues are putting her at higher risk for complications from COVID-19. The food she received at the Mobile Market helps keep her healthy while providing some financial relief for her and her husband. “It’ll help a lot, especially the oranges because I’m supposed to get one a day,” she said.

Cecelia misses a lot about life before the pandemic, but she’s grateful for the ways the community has come together to support one another. “I just appreciate everything everyone is doing for everybody,” she said, pointing to the Mobile Market. “I just pray that it’s over soon.”

Bite2Go Volunteer Spotlight: John – May 12

Bite2Go Volunteer Spotlight: John – May 12

The Bite2Go program is a collaboration of two Spokane nonprofits — Second Harvest and At The Core — and currently feeds nearly 10,000 kids from North Idaho to the east slope of the Cascades. The child hunger program matches up schools in need with adoptive organizations — churches, businesses and civic groups — that are able to fund the program.

Volunteers play a vital role when it comes time to transport Bite2Go kits from east central Spokane to some of the distant communities we serve; in some cases — Ellensburg, Chelan, George — the distance is well over 100 miles.

John Ammann is one of those volunteers who helps Bite2Go support kids across eastern and central Washington.

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