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EMERGENCY WILDFIRE RESPONSE AND HUNGER ACTION MONTH – SEPTEMBER 11
EMERGENCY WILDFIRE RESPONSE
Even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact hunger in the Inland Northwest, the devastating wildfires burning throughout the region require a heightened emergency response from hunger relief organizations. Second Harvest’s agency relations team is actively connecting with food bank partners in fire-affected areas to assess needs and respond with support. Thank you to the brave firemen and women working to keep our communities safe during this time.
HUNGER ACTION MONTH
September is Hunger Action Month, and as more people turn to food banks for help during the COVID-19 crisis, a community-wide response to hunger is critical. Continued disruptions to our donated food supply chain make financial donations more important than ever. Those dollars are used not only to cover fuel and freight for moving donated food supplies but also to purchase food to fill inventory gaps. This month, our friends at Gesa Credit Union are generously matching all donations up to $20,000, so your gift will have twice the impact. To learn more about Hunger Action Month and make a donation, click here.
We are grateful to our many community partners who are taking action against hunger this month! Here are some examples of ways you can get involved:
Spokane Association of REALTORS® is hosting a “Friendly, Fun Food Fight” online fundraiser in lieu of its annual food drive in partnership with Safeway and Albertsons stores. They’ve turned the event into a competition between their offices, and donations from the public are welcome as well. To participate, you can donate here by Sept. 18.
The National Association of Letter Carriers’ annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive was postponed in its traditional form this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, our wonderful letter carriers are hosting a virtual Stamp Out Hunger Donor Drive to help our neighbors in need during this crisis. To donate to the drive, please click here. Thank you to our local Stamp Out Hunger partner Progressions Credit Union for supporting this year’s event.
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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.