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Volunteer Spotlight: Carl Ebinger

Volunteer Spotlight: Carl Ebinger

Carl has always loved cooking at home, but it wasn’t until recently that he discovered how much good he could do with that hobby. In just a year and a half, Carl has become a core Nutrition Ambassador and a go-to “expert” on certain ingredients and cooking techniques in The Kitchen’s Community Classes. Carl found The Kitchen at Second Harvest when he was looking for a way to combine his love of cooking with a way to give back to his community. “I feel like I&...

Volunteer Spotlight: Jim Newman

Volunteer Spotlight: Jim Newman

Jim will be missed at our Pasco Hunger Solution Center, having completed 3-1/2 years and 250 hours as a volunteer driver. He is known for his great smile and friendly manner. Jim enjoyed helping with many different food drives, including Stamp Out Hunger, the Mid-Columbia Libraries’ Food for Fines and our Turkey Drive. Most often, though, he was behind the wheel of a 25,000 gross weight truck, delivering food to our partner agencies in the Mid-Columbia Basin.  During his ti...

Donor Spotlight: Sam and Rosemary Selinger

Donor Spotlight: Sam and Rosemary Selinger

Sam and Rosemary Selinger describe themselves as “almost local.” Still, after 41 years in Spokane, they’ve gotten to know the challenges the community faces—and they’re lending a helping hand. “Spokane has been very good to us,” said Rosemary. “To have the chance to do something for the community is really what it’s all about.” Sam, a retired heart surgeon, and Rosemary, a retired speech therapist, have dedicated their careers to...

Partners: Domex Superfresh Growers

Partners: Domex Superfresh Growers

Domex Superfresh Growers grows, packs and ships fruit tree products all over the world. But the employees at Domex know they have the power to make a difference in their very own community.  That’s why they partner with Second Harvest to get food to people facing hunger in the Inland Northwest. Domex is committed to sustainability in all that they do, including building a sustainable food system. That means that no one goes to bed hungry, and no food goes to waste. “Makin...

Feeding Hope: Edie's Story

Feeding Hope: Edie's Story

When Edie retired, she knew she needed to stay active—both because that’s her personality and because it would help her manager her Multiple Sclerosis symptoms. For the last year and a half, she’s kept busy by volunteering at Serve Spokane, a Second Harvest partner food pantry. Edie greets many of the food pantry clients with a hug—as if they’d been best friends for years. Perhaps she connects with them so well because she’s been in their shoes. “...

Second Harvest Celebrates National Ag Month in March

Second Harvest Celebrates National Ag Month in March

Second Harvest is highlighting its vital partnerships with the agricultural community during National Ag Month in March. Almost half of the food donated to Second Harvest is fresh produce – and much of those fruits and vegetables comes from farms right here in the agriculturally rich Inland Northwest. Partnerships with the beef and dairy communities provide high-demand protein and milk products, so that 70% of the food we distribute is perishable and nutrient-rich. Northwest Agr...

Second Harvest Receives Tyson Foods Community Grant

Second Harvest Receives Tyson Foods Community Grant

Second Harvest Receives Tyson Foods Community Grant Investment will provide additional infrastructure at Pasco distribution center Pasco, WA  - January, 2019 Second Harvest received a $92,000 grant from Tyson Foods to increase capacity of its Pasco distribution center in order to source and distribute more healthy food for people in need. This generous charitable investment provides Second Harvest with a needed pallet racking system and forklift to maximize existing...

Feeding Hope: John's Story

Feeding Hope: John's Story

By Ian Davis-Leonard John Ammann always had a plan for retirement. His father was a driver for the Spokane Food Bank, now Second Harvest, so when John wasn’t in school, he was helping his father with deliveries. John knew that once he stopped working, he wanted to give back to the community. After retiring in 2016 after 37 years working in the automotive industry, John came down to the food bank he remembered from his childhood and asked how he could help. John is now ne...

Second Harvest cuts food waste with Grocery Rescue

Second Harvest cuts food waste with Grocery Rescue

April 22 is Earth Day, and one of the ways we're celebrating it at Second Harvest is by thinking about ways to reduce our food waste. Up to 40 percent of food in the United States goes uneaten, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. That's an average of 400 pounds of food per person each year. It's expensive, and when so many people are hungry, it's a waste of valuable resources. Growing, processing, transporting, and disposing that uneaten food has an annual...

Corporate partner spotlight: Spokane House of Hose, Inc. and Air Electric

Corporate partner spotlight: Spokane House of Hose, Inc. and Air Electric

Spokane House of Hose, Inc. and Air Electric have partnered with Second Harvest for more than eight years to feed hungry kids and families throughout the Inland Northwest. Their generous gifts have helped Second Harvest feed thousands of people and leverage other funding to fill the meal gap in Washington and Idaho. Started in 1967 and locally-owned since 1973, the company specializes in custom fabrication of hydraulic and industrial hose assemblies, and supplies companies in t...

Corporate partner spotlight: Fred Meyer

Corporate partner spotlight: Fred Meyer

Longtime partner Fred Meyer has supported Second Harvest’s Hunger Solution Centers in Spokane and Pasco for more than 15 years, donating food, funding and volunteer time to events like the Great American Milk Drive, Taking a Bite Out of Hunger and Mobile Markets. Recently they donated a much-needed forklift to help keep our facility operations moving as efficiently as possible.   In late 2017, Fred Meyer donated $26,250 as part of Zero Hunger / Zero Waste, a comp...

Volunteers make Second Harvest go 'round

Volunteers make Second Harvest go 'round

April is National Volunteer Month, and at Second Harvest we want to take time to thank each and every one of our volunteers. You make it possible to get healthy food to every person, every day. Your hard work at Pasco and Spokane Hunger Solution Centers, at partner food pantries, at Mobile Markets, setting up and cleaning up at events, collecting food and funds at community food drives and more means hungry people can eat when they need it most. More than 8,000 people volunteered time at...

Tackling childhood hunger at the Big Build

Tackling childhood hunger at the Big Build

Second Harvest volunteers worked side by side Saturday to fill bags with food items to complete 16,000 weekend meal kits for children at Spokane and Stevens County elementary schools. They are children who receive the meals rely on free and reduced priced breakfast and lunch at their schools on the weekdays as their main meal.  "Now they have something to anticipate that is good and positive and they know this pack of food is for them," shared Chris Sloan, the director of B...

Hungry Decisions

Hungry Decisions

By Samantha Wohlfeil: Just after 8 on a Tuesday morning, Loretta Kern starts pulling canned goods off a shelf and filling brown paper bags, which she places in a few grocery carts lined up along another aisle. Soon, she'll take each cart along the shelves, stacking up loaves of bread, a carton of milk, spaghetti squash, cereal and other items that people might need, then repeating the process with the next cart. "A long time ago, I had eight children in Wyoming, and people...

October Corporate Partner of the month: Wagstaff

October Corporate Partner of the month: Wagstaff

We’re excited to welcome Wagstaff as our October corporate partner of the month. In addition to pledging a substantial gift to Second Harvest over a 5-year period, a Wagstaff volunteer group visits the warehouse each month to help sort food for hungry people. Founded in 1946, Wagstaff, Inc., a Spokane, Washington based manufacturer, provides machinery, technology, and service to help aluminum producers to transform molten aluminum into solid shapes using a process called direct...

Partner Spotlight: Royal City Food Bank

Partner Spotlight: Royal City Food Bank

Royal City Food Bank in Grant County serves about 600 families per month. It’s run by an all-volunteer crew, and some of them have been there 20 years. Royal City also hosts a clothing bank.  They've recently seen a spike in client visits, said Sharon Chesterman, who’s been volunteering at the food bank for 10 years. Most weeks, they serve between 125 and 150 families, but in January it was closer to 200. “We're seeing younger people, some homeless, but...

Partner Spotlight: Lake City Community Church

Partner Spotlight: Lake City Community Church

Lake City Food Bank began out of a shed in a parking lot, says longtime volunteer and director Joyce Dexter, and today it regularly serves 300 to 500 families a month, and provides services like health care and help with job searching. Dexter has been volunteering since 2010. The site used to house a thrift store, and she worked there before it became a food bank. “Honestly, before, it wasn’t a population I paid a lot of attention to,” she said. “But as I got to kn...

Volunteer Spotlight: Milagros

Volunteer Spotlight: Milagros

Milagros is fluent in Spanish – this fall she used that skill to help clients at Second Harvest’s turkey distribution find their way around the large and often confusing Spokane Arena. Originally from El Salvador, Milagros was inspired to volunteer because of her father, who was killed in her home country. “I come from a place with a lot of hunger,” she said. El Salvador is plagued by gang violence and currently has a homicide rate of 103 people per 100,000, co...

Hundreds of disabled veterans get groceries at Mobile Food Bank

Hundreds of disabled veterans get groceries at Mobile Food Bank

It’s a rainy, windy afternoon at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, but the hearty group of volunteers setting out boxes of apples, avocados and potatoes isn’t deterred by the weather. They’ve been here all week. “If you can’t tell, we have a lot of fun doing this,” said Bill, one volunteer, as he helped a Mobile Food Bank client fill a battered black wagon with food. Tanya Jackson visited the Mobile Food Bank at Mann-Grandstaff to pick u...