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, Second Harvest held a Mobile Market distribution at the Spokane Valley Mall. The distribution served more than 730 families—Second Harvest’s largest Mobile Market in its history. Families received a mix of produce and dry goods to help them through the financial crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Transition to Prepacked Emergency Food Boxes 

Second Harvest is transitioning to distributing primarily prepacked emergency food boxes to respond to the growing need for food fueled by the disruption to our communities caused by COVID-19. Boxes containing fresh and nonperishable food items are distributed to our partner network, as well as at Mobile Market events and directly to people’s homes through Spokane Food Fighters. The emergency food box distribution model allows the people we serve, volunteers and staff to follow social distancing protocol and helps us keep pace with the growing need for food assistance in our community. 

Spokane Food Fighters 

Second Harvest continues to partner with Spokane Food Fighters to serve people who are homebound during the COVID-19 pandemic. After two weeks, emergency food boxes were delivered to more than 600 families in Spokane. Learn more about Spokane Food Fighters here, and check out some photos of volunteers getting ready to deliver the boxes below. 

WA Food Fund 

Earlier this week, Governor Inslee announced the creation of the WA Food Fund to support hunger-relief organizations statewide, including Second Harvest. The fund was created to address the growing need for food assistance amidst the COVID-19 pandemic by sourcing large quantities of shelf-stable food for a coordinated statewide emergency food box program. Read more about the WA Food Fund and the growing need for food assistance here

The National Guard at Second Harvest 

The National Guard has been an incredibly valuable asset at Second Harvest this week to assist with COVID-19 emergency response efforts. Members of the National Guard have assisted with food packing and distribution activities. Read more about their service at Second Harvest here

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