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 more about the growing need in the Tri-Cities here.
Partnership with Spokane Food Fighters
Second Harvest kicked off its partnership with Spokane Food Fighters this week. Second Harvest will supply up to 125 emergency food boxes each day to Spokane Food Fighters, whose volunteers will deliver them to people who can’t leave their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Food boxes will include about 15 pounds of assorted fresh and non-perishable items, providing food for approximately 12 meals. This program serves people within the city of Spokane. Read more about the partnership here.
“Stay Home, Stay Healthy”
On March 30, the Washington State Department of Agriculture released a letter affirming that hunger-relief volunteers and staff are performing essential services that are permitted to continue during the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” proclamation period. Second Harvest remains open and continues to seek volunteers to help get critical food supplies to people who need them during the COVID-19 crisis. Sign up for a shift here.
Seniors are at higher-risk for COVID-19 complications and therefore are especially avoiding trips to the food bank or grocery store right now. Second Harvest is bringing food right to seniors to help maintain their health and safety. On March 30, our Mobile Market bus rolled up to the Vintage at Spokane senior apartments to bring 120 residents a mix of fresh and nonperishable foods. The residents were grateful not only for the food but also for not having to leave their homes to restock their pantries. Later today, the bus will deliver food to residents of Appleway Court, a senior apartment complex in Spokane Valley.
To protect the health and safety of the people we serve and our volunteers, we are facilitating all large Mobile Market events in a drive-thru style. This distribution method has been going very smoothly and allows all event participants to comply with social distancing recommendations. Below are some photos of yesterday’s Mobile Market event in Kennewick.
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