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 14 counties in Eastern Washington as part of the WA Food Fund’s strategy to support a statewide hunger-relief effort during the COVID-19 pandemic. Food Lifeline and Northwest Harvest will also provide WA Food Fund emergency food boxes to other counties throughout the state. 

Mobile Market 

Our Mobile Market continues to bring food to communities in Eastern Washington and North Idaho to help families fill gaps in their budgets as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can see the press' coverage of two of this week’s Mobile Markets in Richland and Sunnyside. To find out when the Mobile Market will be near you, click here

The National Guard at Second Harvest 

The National Guard has been instrumental in Second Harvest’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the National Guard have been deployed to Second Harvest’s hunger solution centers in Spokane and Pasco since March. Thanks to their efforts, Second Harvest has been able to provide $1 million in food each week for people experiencing hunger and food insecurity during these trying times. 

You can learn more about the National Guard’s service at Second Harvest in Spokane here and in Pasco here

Inland COVID Response Food Continuity Task Force Update 

Members of the Inland COVID Food Continuity Task Force provided an update to the public on Friday, May 1. Drew Meuer, chief of staff at Second Harvest, outlined the current need and reported on our emergency response operations to date. Rep. Marcus Riccelli also provided information for people seeking food assistance and offered ways to help people facing hunger during the crisis. You can watch the update here


Mark your calendars! 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 on Tuesday, May 5, will be generously matched, up to the first $35,000, by First Interstate Bank. 

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