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TRIPLE YOUR IMPACT, HOLIDAY RESOURCES, HOLIDAY CLOSURES AND MORE – DECEMBER 11
TRIPLE YOUR IMPACT!
You can triple your impact to help our neighbors in need this holiday season. Our friends at Bank of America will triple match every dollar you donate up to $75,000 to help feed children, families and seniors facing hunger in our area. You can make a gift on our secure donation page here. Thank you for helping ensure that everyone in our community has the food they need this winter, and thank you to Bank of America for this generous match opportunity!
Washington’s Beef Community generously donated locally sourced roasts that were distributed at three Mobile Market events this week in Toppenish, Yakima and Ellensburg. This donation is part of the Beef Counts program. Second Harvest is celebrating ten years of partnership with the Washington Beef Community this year and is extremely grateful for its commitment to helping ensure families throughout the region have access to healthy food. You can watch a video from one of this week’s distributions here and view the Yakima Herald’s photos from the events here.
UNITED WAY HOLIDAY RESOURCES
Spokane County United Way recently released its annual list of holiday resources for low-income individuals and families. The list includes resources for food, clothing, children’s toys and more. You can view the list here. A printable PDF version is also available.
SECOND HARVEST HOLIDAY CLOSURES
Second Harvest will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 23, through Friday, Dec. 25, for the Christmas holiday and Thursday, Dec. 31, through Friday, Jan. 1, to give volunteers and staff much-deserved rest over the holidays. If you’d like to drop off a year-end food or fund donation, please be sure to note these closures. You’re welcome to stop by during business hours on Dec. 21 and Dec. 22 or Dec. 28 through Dec. 30.
We’re sometimes asked why we take extra days off during the holidays, and there are a few reasons. The first is that most of the food banks we supply distribute holiday food boxes the week before Christmas. This allows local volunteers to make sure that families have what they need before the holidays, and it also means that the volunteers get to take a well-deserved break for the holidays. At Second Harvest, our job is to make sure that local food banks are stocked up and ready for those distributions. This means that Second Harvest’s volunteers and staff also get to rest up and recover over the holidays. Due to the pandemic, we are shipping more food than ever to help people in need. We know there will be much more work to do in the New Year.
Thank you all for your dedication and generosity that has helped so many of our neighbors in Eastern Washington and North Idaho persevere during this pandemic. We can’t find the words to express our gratitude. And here’s wishing you all a safe and healthy 2021.
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Nearly six months after the federal COVID-19 emergency was lifted, obtaining food continues to be extremely challenging. News stories and conversations with our fellow Feeding America food banks confirm that food sourcing difficulties are nationwide.
That’s why we are so fortunate to be able to access Feeding America’s Choice System to obtain a variety of quality, nutritious food.
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.”