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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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Food insecurity. It is a term we so often hear, but many of us never really understand because we are lucky.
We have never skipped a meal because we can’t afford one or questioned when we will eat again. But it’s a reality for thousands of our neighbors.
They have to make impossible choices about whether to buy medication, pay rent, keep the power on, and put gas in the car — or buy food for the week.
And while I knew that people around me were making these choices every day, I never understood it until working with Second Harvest.
Check out the latest news from Second Harvest. Serving people facing hunger across the Inland Northwest.
While college campuses aren’t the first thing to cross our minds when we think of food insecurity, the reality is most colleges and universities have students that wrestle with getting enough healthy food. Making ends meet is becoming more difficult for today’s college students. To help fill the void, we have partnerships with several colleges and universities in our region, where students can get food from on-campus pantries and Mobile Markets.