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FOOD DELIVERY SERVICE, NATIONAL GUARD AND MORE – DECEMBER 18
SPOKANE COUNTY FOOD DELIVERY SERVICE
Second Harvest is proud to be part of the Spokane County Food Security Coalition, which recently launched a pilot emergency food box delivery program to better serve people facing hunger in Spokane County during the COVID-19 crisis. The pilot program runs through Dec. 29 and is funded by CARES Act dollars allocated by Spokane County. To learn more about the program, watch this video, “Our Daily Bread: Fighting Food Insecurity with Compassion and Equity,” by Rising River Media.
The National Guard will demobilize from our Pasco Hunger Solution Center on Thursday, Dec. 17, as planned. However, National Guard members will continue assisting at the Spokane Hunger Solution Center through March 2021. The Spokane deployment will be considered for further extension beyond March, based on need, as well as other pandemic-related demands being placed on the service members. The demobilization of the National Guard in Pasco will open volunteer opportunities at our Pasco Hunger Solution Center in January. Watch for volunteer registration updates on our blog and social media. Second Harvest is so fortunate to have—and continue to have—the incredible assistance, insights and inspiration the National Guard members have provided during this challenging time.
SECOND HARVEST HOLIDAY CLOSURES
Second Harvest will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 23, through Friday Dec. 25, for Christmas 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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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.
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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.