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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES, FOOD DELIVERY SERVICE AND MORE – DECEMBER 5
Family sort nights are back in Second Harvest’s Spokane Hunger Solution Center! Families with children 9 and older can volunteer together to help sort and pack food that we share with our partner agencies and through our Mobile Market for our neighbors in need. For more information about volunteering, click here. To sign up to volunteer, click here.
While our Pasco Hunger Solution Center has not been open to volunteers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we know volunteering is an important and meaningful way people give back to their community. We’re grateful for our community’s generous response to the increased need for food assistance during the COVID-19 crisis and are working to ensure that volunteers can safely return to the Pasco Hunger Solution soon. We do have ongoing Mobile Market volunteer opportunities available, however, and you can register online by clicking here. Watch for volunteer updates in our weekly emails and on social media.
SPOKANE COUNTY FOOD DELIVERY SERVICE
Second Harvest is partnering with Special Mobility Services and other organizations to help bring food to people facing food insecurity during the COVID-19 crisis. During December, Special Mobility Services and additional partners are piloting a home delivery program in Spokane County. Second Harvest is providing 10-pound boxes of shelf-stable food items to be delivered to participating families. Both the food provided through this program and the delivery service are funded by Spokane County CARES Act grants. See below for more information about this program.
This December, Washington’s Beef Community is helping to address the increased need for food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing holiday roasts at three Mobile Market events in Toppenish, Yakima and Ellensburg. The Beef Counts—Washington’s Beef Community United Against Hunger—program is celebrating its 10th anniversary of providing nutritious beef to hungry families. For more about this partnership and the upcoming Mobile Market distributions, click here or here.
THANKSGIVING TURKEY DRIVES
Amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis, Second Harvest’s Thanksgiving turkey drives were a huge success this year thanks to the generous support of our volunteers, donors and sponsors!
The 21st annual Tom’s Turkey Drive in Spokane provided 11,000 Thanksgiving meal boxes to people facing hunger in the Greater Spokane area. Thanks to a generous food donor, an additional 760 families received a frozen turkey after all meal boxes had been distributed. You can watch a clip of KREM 2’s coverage of the event here and here or view the Spokesman Review’s photo gallery from the event here.
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As we reflect on this year’s turkey drives, we want to share our gratitude. A community of volunteers, food pantries, agriculture partners and donors joined hands to distribute 6,800 Thanksgiving meals to neighbors in need in Spokane, the Mid-Columbia and Yakima Valley. To each of you, we say thank you.
Thanksgiving, known for bringing together cherished ones over a festive meal, embodies not only the joy of togetherness but also serves as an occasion to express and spread gratitude. As we reflect on gratitude, we at Second Harvest want to send heartfelt thanks to the pantries and meal programs that tirelessly serve our communities.
The Bite2Go program rallies people from a diversity of backgrounds around the simple belief that no child should go hungry. Our donors and volunteers come from the business world, the faith community and a variety of civic groups and clubs; they range in age from 9 to 90.
As Nov. 11, Veterans Day, approaches, we’d like to take time to thank a special group — our veterans — and acknowledge the multiple ways they serve our program and our communities as they once served their nation.