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Cooper Kupp Supports Second Harvest and Voices of Hope - July 31

Cooper Kupp Supports Second Harvest and Voices of Hope - July 31

Cooper Kupp Supports Second Harvest  Cooper Kupp, wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams and graduate of Davis High School in Yakima and Eastern Washington University, recently donated $21,000 to organizations fighting hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cooper’s very generous $7,000 gift to Second Harvest is providing food to children, families and seniors in need in local communities close to his heart, Yakima and Richla...

Crisis Response Food Distribution and Story of Hope - July 24

Crisis Response Food Distribution and Story of Hope - July 24

Crisis Response Food Distribution  Higher food insecurity rates continue to be a symptom of the economic crisis precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Second Harvest and our network responded quickly to keep pace with the tremendous spike in need since the pandemic unfolded in March. Over the past 12 months, Second Harvest distributed 43 million pounds of food, or food for 35.8 million meals, to people facing hunger throughout the Inland No...

Food Insecurity Projections, Story of Hope - July 17

Food Insecurity Projections, Story of Hope - July 17

Food Insecurity Projections   The Feeding America national research team recently released predictions regarding how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact food security locally and nationally as part of its annual Map the Meal Gap study. The study predicts that overall food insecurity in Second Harvest’s 26-county service territory in Eastern Washington and North Idaho will increase from 12.4% in 2018 to 17.7% (out of six people) in 2020 in the wa...

End Summer Hunger, Online Orders at SFCC Pantry and More - July 10

End Summer Hunger, Online Orders at SFCC Pantry and More - July 10

End Summer Hunger  Summer is always a challenge for kids in food insecure homes, but this year is even more difficult as many families face greater financial strain due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this video, teachers and school administrators share the impact of hunger on students and how you can help make sure kids and teens get the food they need over the summer.  Online Orders Available at SFCC Food Pantry  To continue to safely serve studen...

Healthy Food. Every Person. Every Day.

Healthy Food. Every Person. Every Day.

That’s what you stood for when you supported Second Harvest. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create unique barriers to food access throughout the Inland Northwest. People are still out of work or are finding that staying safe by social distancing requires increased and unexpected expenses. That means that many people are turning to food banks for help for the first time.  Your generosity has helped ensure that kids, families and seniors across Eastern Washington and North Id...

Pandemic EBT Benefits, School Distributions and More - July 2

Pandemic EBT Benefits, School Distributions and More - July 2

Pandemic EBT Emergency School Meals Program  Because of the COVID-19 crisis, children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals can receive extra food benefits called Pandemic-EBT, or P-EBT. P-EBT is a new and temporary food benefit to help families in Washington state buy food because schools were closed. For more information about the program, including how to apply, click here.  Fresh and Frozen School Distri...

CARES Act Funding, All in WA Benefit Concert and More - June 19

CARES Act Funding, All in WA Benefit Concert and More - June 19

Spokane County CARES Act Funding  We are grateful to announce that on June 15, the Spokane County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted in favor of providing up to $2,139,500 from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to Second Harvest. This funding is restricted to responding to the increased need for food assistance in Spokane County. It will exclusively cover food purchases along with staff and trucking resources to get food to where it...

Street Music Week and Voices of Hope - June 12

Street Music Week and Voices of Hope - June 12

Street Music Week  COVID-19 has changed the way we do things. Doug Clark and his team of volunteers who put on Street Music Week every year haven’t let the pandemic get in the way of raising money for Second Harvest—especially during this time of extraordinary need. With public health concerns in mind, Street Music Week went virtual for the weeklong 18th annual event that wraps up today. Thank you to all the local musicians and...

Mobile Market, Volunteer Opportunity, Race to End Hunger and More - June 5

Mobile Market, Volunteer Opportunity, Race to End Hunger and More - June 5

Mobile Market  Second Harvest’s Mobile Market team has been working hard during this time to get food to people who need it throughout the region. Hear from Todd, one of our Mobile Market drivers, about his experience facilitating these distributions during the COVID-19 pandemic in this video.  This week marked the fifth Mobile Market free food distribution at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. Thursday’s event, shown in this video,&...

Ben Franklin Transit Partnership, Mobile Market and More - May 26

Ben Franklin Transit Partnership, Mobile Market and More - May 26

Partnership with Ben Franklin Transit  Second Harvest and Ben Franklin Transit in the Tri-Cities have partnered to host food distributions to transit riders. Over the past two weeks, 500 families have received fresh produce and shelf-stable products at these events. Ben Franklin Transit will host four distributions concurrently on Wednesday, May 27, at 11 a.m. in Kennewick, Pasco, Richland and Prosser. Second Harvest appreciates Ben Franklin Transit...

Mobile Market, Spokane Indians Fundraiser and More - May 22

Mobile Market, Spokane Indians Fundraiser and More - May 22

Mobile Market  Second Harvest’s Mobile Market returned to the Spokane County Fairgrounds (404 N. Havana St. Spokane Valley, WA 99202) today for a free food distribution from 4 to 7 p.m. (or while supplies last). For more details about the event, click here.  Columbia Basin College partnered with Second Harvest to host a Mobile Market distribution on Tuesday, May 19. The event served 300 families. You can watch...

Hanford Fundraiser, Peninsula Truck Lines, Red Nose Day and More - May 19

Hanford Fundraiser, Peninsula Truck Lines, Red Nose Day and More - May 19

Hanford Feeding Families Fundraiser  The Hanford Prime Contractors and their labor union partners, HAMTC and the Central Washington Building Trades, have created the Hanford Feeding Families Fundraiser to help support people facing hunger during the COVID-19 crisis. They’ve set a goal of raising $50,000 for Second Harvest and are inviting the public to participate. If you’d like to donate to the Hanford Feeding Families Fundraiser, you c...

Hanford Feeding Families Fundraiser

Hanford Feeding Families Fundraiser

We are One Team as we support the Hanford mission to protect the environment and community from the legacy hazards of nuclear waste. We are 10,000 strong across several contractors and unions supporting the Department of Energy’s Hanford Site. Today, we come together again as a team to help address the unprecedented level of food needs in our community. We are part of the community – from Connell to Richland and Walla Walla to Yakima. Help us feed our neighbors by donating to...

Ben Franklin Transit Partnership, New USDA Program, Mobile Market - May 15

Ben Franklin Transit Partnership, New USDA Program, Mobile Market - May 15

Partnership with Ben Franklin Transit  Second Harvest has partnered with Ben Franklin Transit in the Tri-Cities to better serve people facing hunger without access to a vehicle. On Wednesday, May 13, Ben Franklin Transit employees helped distribute 200 emergency food boxes to transit riders. Learn more about the partnership here and here. Ben Franklin Transit plans to host more distributions. Watch their social media channels and Second Harvest&rsqu...

Life Center Fundraiser and Distribution, Share Your Story and More - May 12

Life Center Fundraiser and Distribution, Share Your Story and More - May 12

Distribution at Three Rivers Campus  Last week, the Toyota Center in Kennewick hosted two drive-thru food distributions. More than 1,600 families received a variety of food items from the distributions, including potatoes donated by the Washington State Potato Commission as part of their commitment to donate one million pounds of potatoes to people facing hunger during the pandemic. Read more about the distributions here and here, and watch a video of so...

Three Rivers Campus Distribution, Life Center Fundraiser and More - May 8

Three Rivers Campus Distribution, Life Center Fundraiser and More - May 8

Distribution at Three Rivers Campus  Second Harvest partnered with Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick to host a drive-thru food distribution at the Toyota Center on Wednesday, May 6. The inaugural event served more than 500 families. Distributions will take place at the Toyota Center each Wednesday in May from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or while supplies last. For more information about these distributions, visit our calendar of events.  The Toyota Center als...

#GivingTuesdayNow, Three Rivers Campus, Food Distribution - May 5

#GivingTuesdayNow, Three Rivers Campus, Food Distribution - May 5

#GivingTuesdayNow  Today is the day! May 5 is #GivingTuesdayNow - a global day to make a difference. You can make a gift here to help ensure our neighbors in need during this crisis have access to healthy food. Your gift today will be generously matched, up to the first $35,000, by First Interstate Bank. Lisa and Kandace are two of the people you’re helping when you give to Second Harvest. You can read more about them here and here.  Partnership with Thre...

Rep. Newhouse Visits, WA Food Fund, Mobile Market and More - May 1, 2020

Rep. Newhouse Visits, WA Food Fund, Mobile Market and More - May 1, 2020

Rep. Dan Newhouse Visits Second Harvest  Rep. Dan Newhouse visited Second Harvest in Pasco earlier this week to learn about how the National Guard members’ service is helping respond to the increased need for food in the community. You can watch a video covering his visit here.   WA Food Fund  Second Harvest received its first WA Food Fund emergency food boxes this week. Second Harvest will disburse these boxes to 1...

Mobile Market, BMAC Distributions, #GivingTuesdayNow and More - April 28

Mobile Market, BMAC Distributions, #GivingTuesdayNow and More - April 28

Spokane Drive-Thru Distribution  On Saturday, April 25, Second Harvest hosted a drive-thru distribution at our Spokane hunger solution center. The distribution served more than 700 families. Read more about the event here.   Mobile Market  Last week, our Mobile Market distributions in Spokane, Spokane Valley, Quincy, Smelterville, Bonners Ferry, Coeur d’Alene, Cusick, Benton City, Kennewick and Sunnyside provided food to more than 4,500 fam...

BMAC, Spokane Packaging, Mobile Markets, Mayor Nadine Woodward - April 24

BMAC, Spokane Packaging, Mobile Markets, Mayor Nadine Woodward - April 24

BLUE MOUNTAIN ACTION COUNCIL GOES MOBILE COVID-19 has had unimaginable impact on hunger across the Inland Northwest. Second Harvest is providing additional food supplies to longtime partner Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC) in Walla Walla to fill serious gaps in southeastern Washington because of the pandemic. BMAC has taken the lead on three weekly drive-thru distributions to ensure that people facing so many uncertainties right now get the food they need. With a local church pantr...

Kay Porta, School Distributions and State Leaders' Visit - April 21

Kay Porta, School Distributions and State Leaders' Visit - April 21

Passing of Kay Porta  Kay Porta, Second Harvest’s beloved founder, passed away on April 15 at the age of 96. She founded the Spokane Food Bank, now Second Harvest, in 1971. Her passion for joyfully serving her community continues to inspire Second Harvest’s volunteers and staff each day. Read more about Kay Porta’s life and legacy here.  Fresh and Frozen School Distributions  Second Harvest is now holding up to four&nb...

Food Access Map, School Distributions, Mobile Market and More - April 17

Food Access Map, School Distributions, Mobile Market and More - April 17

Washington State Food Access Map  Second Harvest teamed up with Food Lifeline and Northwest Harvest to create a statewide food access map. The map shows food banks and meal programs across Washington and provides information such as address, phone number and hours of operation. The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting service hours at some locations, so please be sure to call the number listed to confirm they will be open.  Fresh and Frozen...

Mobile Market, Feeding Kids, Food For Families Campaign and More - April 14

Mobile Market, Feeding Kids, Food For Families Campaign and More - April 14

Mobile Market  Our Mobile Market will be at Silver Lake Mall in Coeur d’Alene tomorrow, April 15, at 10 a.m. The distribution will take place in the parking lot near JCPenney. This will be a drive-thru distribution. Please enter from Canfield Avenue or Hanley Avenue near Horizon Credit Union. Visit Second Harvest’s Mobile Market calendar for more information.  Second Harvest in the News  Second Harve...

Behind the Scenes, Mobile Market, Emergency Food Boxes and More - April 10

Behind the Scenes, Mobile Market, Emergency Food Boxes and More - April 10

Behind the Scenes at Second Harvest  The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a lot of changes to our daily lives—including how we operate at Second Harvest. We talked to a few people on our Operations team to hear firsthand what it’s like to be working on the front lines of food insecurity right now and what they want the community to know about hunger during this crisis. Watch this video to hear from them.  Mobile Market  On April 9, Seco...

Mobile Market, WA Food Fund, Food Drives, New Schedule and More - April 7

Mobile Market, WA Food Fund, Food Drives, New Schedule and More - April 7

Mobile Market  There will be a Mobile Market distribution at the Spokane Valley Mall on Thursday, April 9 at 10:00. The distribution will take place in the parking lot near Regal Theater. Please enter from the southwest side of the parking lot. Visit Second Harvest’s Mobile Market calendar for more information.   Food Access Point Map  Eastern Washington University created a food access point map for Spokane County in coordination...

Spokane Food Fighters, BMAC, Resource Directory, National Guard - April 3

Spokane Food Fighters, BMAC, Resource Directory, National Guard - April 3

Second Harvest In the News  KXLY covered Second Harvest’s Mobile Market distribution on April 1 at Northeast Community Center. The event served 300 families. You can watch KXLY’s coverage here.  Partnership with Spokane Food Fighters  This was week one of Second Harvest’s partnership with Spokane Food Fighters for home deliveries of emergency food boxes. Second Harvest volunteers build meal boxes, and dedicat...

New Partnerships, Volunteers, Feeding Seniors, Mobile Market - March 31

New Partnerships, Volunteers, Feeding Seniors, Mobile Market - March 31

A Surge in Need  Second Harvest’s partner food pantries are reporting a 30-50% increase in visits for food assistance over the last two weeks. As more people lose income due to business closures, more people are seeking food assistance from their local food pantries. That means Second Harvest must source more food to meet the increasing demand during a time when the supply chain is experiencing several disruptions due to COVID-19.  Read mo...

Tri-Cities, Food Banks, Mobile Market, Food Supply, Volunteers - March 27

Tri-Cities, Food Banks, Mobile Market, Food Supply, Volunteers - March 27

Second Harvest Tri-Cities in the News  Second Harvest’s Pasco hunger solution center hosted two drive-thru food distributions this week to meet the increased need for food assistance in the area. At each distribution, families received emergency food boxes filled with more than 20 pounds of fresh, frozen and non-perishable food items.  While we prepared 250 boxes for each distribution, more than 600 cars lined up for Tuesday&rsqu...

"Stay Home, Stay Healthy," Food Banks, Mobile Market, Volunteers - March 24

“Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Order  Second Harvest is an essential service, and we will remain open during the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order 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.  Food Banks  Food banks are considered an essential service, like grocery sto...

Volunteer Needs - March 20

Volunteer Needs - March 20

Volunteers Many of you have asked how you can help volunteer during this time - thank you!  To protect the health of our volunteers and staff, we have made changes to our warehouse volunteer program. We will have short session volunteer opportunities to help us repack food to distribute to people in need. This will enable us to reduce the number of volunteers at each shift, spread projects out and focus on essential projects at this time. In an effort to ensure we follow soci...

Key Programs, Volunteering and Fundraising Needs - March 19

Key Programs, Volunteering and Fundraising Needs - March 19

FEEDING KIDS On Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17, generous donors and volunteers helped Second Harvest and At The Core more than double our Bite2Go kit distribution to students in Spokane, Spokane Valley and Mead school districts. Second Harvest arranged for an emergency food pick-up for Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties on March 18 after the organization posted a request for food on social media. The post showed that the shelves of their food pantry were empty...

COVID-19 Response FAQs - March 17

COVID-19 Response FAQs - March 17

Second Harvest's emergency response team is working hard to implement policies and take actions that will keep our community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. For a list of FAQs related to the COVID-19 situation, click here.  This page will contain the most recent information on Second Harvest's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back frequently for updates. To sign up to receive our updates to COVID-19 via email, please click here. ...