Second Harvest is able to make your dollar stretch so far because of the successful partnerships we build. For every $1 donated to Second Harvest, we secure and distribute food for 5 meals to people facing hunger. How is it possible to provide that many meals with just $1? By working directly with farmers, wholesalers, packers, shippers and retail partners, we’re able to stretch your donation to make the biggest impact possible. Unlike walking into a grocery store and paying retail prices for food, Second Harvest works directly with farmers, manufacturers, retailers and other partners across the Inland Northwest and in other parts of the country to secure safe, healthy food. According to a ReFED study conducted in 2016, 63 billion pounds of food are wasted in America each year. Through our partnerships, Second Harvest works to rescue food locally before it’s wasted—making a difference for the people we serve and for the environment. Because of these successful partnerships, every $1 you donate to Second Harvest helps secure and distribute at least 6 pounds of food—the equivalent of about 5 meals—through our network of food banks, meal sites and other programs. We calculate these figures by converting the pounds of donated food into meals per dollar of revenue raised. We use the finding from USDA’s What We Eat in America 2011-2012 that an average meal is 1.2 pounds of food. The average wholesale value of these groceries is $1.68 per pound, according to the 2018 Feeding America Product Valuation Study, KPMG, Audited.