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CARES ACT FUNDING, ALL IN WA BENEFIT CONCERT AND MORE – JUNE 19
SPOKANE COUNTY CARES ACT FUNDING
We are grateful to announce that on June 15, the Spokane County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted in favor of providing up to $2,139,500 from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to Second Harvest. This funding is restricted to responding to the increased need for food assistance in Spokane County. It will exclusively cover food purchases along with staff and trucking resources to get food to where it’s needed most. Read more about how this funding will be used here, or watch this video.
ALL IN WA BENEFIT CONCERT
All in WA, a collection of nonprofits, government and business leaders, and philanthropic groups, will host a concert benefitting organizations in Washington working to address the COVID-19 crisis, including Second Harvest. The concert will air on Wednesday, June 24, at 7 p.m. on Amazon Music’s Twitch channel, through allinwa.org and on KREM and KSKN in Spokane. Performers include Dave Matthews, Pearl Jam, Macklemore, Brandi Carlile, Allen Stone and more. For more details about the concert, click here (note that the concert was originally scheduled for June 10). You can donate to the All in WA fund here.
(Allen Stone of Chewelah,
photo by Robert E. Klein of Invision/AP)
STREET MUSIC WEEK
Thank you to the talented performers and generous donors who helped make the 18th annual Street Music Week a success. The virtual event last week raised more than $27,000 to help get food to our neighbors in need during this crisis. A special thank you to Doug Clark and his team of volunteers who made sure this beloved tradition still happened safely amidst the pandemic. You can read more about this year’s Street Music Week here.
STORY OF HOPE
SNAP, who has been partnering with City of Spokane to respond to basic needs requests made by calling the city’s 311 line during the pandemic, reached out to Second Harvest this week to help a family of seven seeking food assistance while quarantining due to COVID-19.
SNAP directed their volunteer, Miracle, to Second Harvest’s Mobile Market distribution at West Central Community Center. Within 30 minutes of receiving the call requesting her help, SNAP’s “miracle” volunteer had picked up emergency food boxes from the distribution and was on her way to deliver them to the family. Thank you, SNAP, City of Spokane and Miracle for helping ensure everyone in our community can stay safe and get the food they need during this crisis!
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Martha learned the joy of service early in life. It’s a lesson the longtime educator has shared with her three children and students. But in the past year, she discovered a new outlet: serving as a Second Harvest core volunteer and member of the Kay Porta Legacy Society.
Today more than 150 adoptive organizations enable Second Harvest, in partnership with At The Core, to provide Bite2Go to nearly 8,500 elementary, middle and high school students in Spokane, the Tri-Cities and a growing list of rural communities.
However you choose to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, we invite you to do something intentional and purposeful to help your community.