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PANDEMIC EBT BENEFITS, SCHOOL DISTRIBUTIONS AND MORE – JULY 2
PANDEMIC EBT EMERGENCY SCHOOL MEALS PROGRAM
Because of the COVID-19 crisis, children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals can receive extra food benefits called Pandemic-EBT, or P-EBT. P-EBT is a new and temporary food benefit to help families in Washington state buy food because schools were closed. For more information about the program, including how to apply, click here.
FRESH AND FROZEN SCHOOL DISTRIBUTIONS
Second Harvest continues to distribute fresh and frozen food supplies at schools across seven districts in the Greater Spokane area to meet the increased need for food assistance due to the COVID-19 crisis. Gonzaga University recently published an article and video about the weekly distributions their Center for Community Engagement helps with at Arlington Elementary in northeast Spokane. You can find out if a school near you is hosting distributions on the school’s communication channels.
FOOD INSECURITY UPDATE
Second Harvest’s Chief of Staff, Drew Meuer, recently shared about the current need for food assistance, projected trends in the coming months and how to help our neighbors facing hunger in an interview with KHQ News. You can watch the interview here.
STORY OF HOPE
“We serve in the community where we live. When you live in a community, you need to be fully integrated into that community. If there is a need in the community you can fill, why not do it?”
Luis and his wife had never been to a food bank before the COVID-19 pandemic. But when they were both furloughed from their jobs, they suddenly found themselves struggling to afford food. After receiving help from a Mobile Market free food distribution, Luis decided to begin volunteering at Second Harvest. Even though he’s back to work, he continues to volunteer to help others in his community get through the crisis. Read more about Luis here.
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.