COVID-19 RESPONSE FAQS.
Will the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order affect Second Harvest’s operations?
Second Harvest is an essential service, and we will remain open during the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” mandate in Washington. We are still distributing food to partners and through our direct service programs. We are also still in need of volunteers to help sort and repack food for distribution.
Where can I get food?
If you need food assistance, you can go to your local food bank. For more information about which food banks serve your zip code, go to 2-harvest.org/i-need-food-assistance. Because food banks are each making their own COVID-19 response policies, call ahead to make sure they’re open.
For a list of resources available in Spokane County, click here. (This directory is provided by The Fig Tree and contains various resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including food bank locations and updated hours.)
How can I get food if I can’t leave my home?
If you can’t leave your home because you are quarantined or part of a high-risk population, please call your local food bank to ask how they can help you or if a family member or friend can pick up food for you. Many food banks are making adjustments to protect everyone’s health and safety. Please call your local food bank to inquire about any accommodations.
Are you still having Mobile Market events?
Yes, we are still having Mobile Market events. Watch our social media channels and Mobile Market calendar for event details and updates.
Can my organization/church/service group pick up food for people in our network that need it?
At this time, Second Harvest has prioritized serving our existing partner agencies. If you or your community needs food assistance, please see our “I need food assistance” page or our Mobile Market calendar.
How can I help?
COVID-19 will likely mean more people will be seeking food assistance due to lost wages or increased expenses. You can help make sure that everyone in our community can access food during this time by donating money or food or by volunteering. Learn more about how to help at 2-harvest.org/covid19.
How can I donate directly to help people during the COVID-19 pandemic?
If you want to donate directly to help people facing hunger during the COVID-19 outbreak, go to 2-harvest.org/covidresponsefund. Once COVID-19 community needs have been met, remaining funds and food will be used to support our ongoing hunger-relief efforts.
Can I still donate food?
To ensure the highest food safety standards for our community, we are asking for monetary donations to purchase the most needed food items and not encouraging community food drives. We would love for you to host a virtual food drive to share your passion for the food bank with your network.
Can I donate food from my restaurant or food business?
Yes, and while Second Harvest will gratefully accept these donations, they can be put to use right away at a meal site near you. For a list of meal sites in Spokane, Benton and Franklin counties, click here.
Can I volunteer?
Yes. Because Second Harvest is an essential service, we will remain open during the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” mandate in Washington. We are still in need of volunteers to sort and pack food for emergency hunger relief. We have modified all volunteer activities to comply with social distancing standards and have increased sanitation throughout our facilities. Please visit 2-harvest.org/volunteer to see how you can help.
What social distancing recommendations are Second Harvest volunteer centers following?
To protect the health of our volunteers, and staff, we have made changes to our warehouse volunteer program; for example, we have reduced the number of volunteers at each shift, spread projects out and cut non-essential projects.
It’s understandable that there are concerns about volunteering at this point, and individuals should consider their own health and well-being before deciding whether or not to volunteer. We are closely monitoring the situation, and we are in frequent contact with public health officials and are following their recommendations. We are reevaluating our operations daily.
Where can I find more information about Second Harvest’s response to COVID-19?
For more information about how we’re responding to the COVID-19 situation, go to 2-harvest.org/covid19.