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 Distributions 

Second Harvest continues to distribute fresh and frozen food supplies at schools across seven districts in the Greater Spokane area to meet the increased need for food assistance due to the COVID-19 crisis. Gonzaga University recently published an article and video about the weekly distributions their Center for Community Engagement helps with at Arlington Elementary in northeast Spokane. You can find out if a school near you is hosting distributions on the school’s communication channels. 

Food Insecurity Update 

Second Harvest’s Chief of Staff, Drew Meuer, recently shared about the current need for food assistance, projected trends in the coming months and how to help our neighbors facing hunger in an interview with KHQ News. You can watch the interview here

Story of Hope 

“We serve in the community where we live. When you live in a community, you need to be fully integrated into that community. If there is a need in the community you can fill, why not do it?” 

Luis and his wife had never been to a food bank before the COVID-19 pandemic. But when they were both furloughed from their jobs, they suddenly found themselves struggling to afford food. After receiving help from a Mobile Market free food distribution, Luis decided to begin volunteering at Second Harvest. Even though he’s back to work, he continues to volunteer to help others in his community get through the crisis. Read more about Luis here

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