Nutritious donations arrive by the truckload from Spokane Seed Co.

Spokane Seed Peter JohnstoneSpokane Seed Co. has made a huge impact on the health of hungry families and seniors by donating enough split peas and lentils to create 432,000 meals.

The donations arrived in just over one year and are part of Spokane Seed Co.’s ongoing commitment to donate 80,000 pounds of split peas and lentils annually to help with hunger relief in the region.

The legumes are packaged into family-size quantities that are provided free of charge (along with helpful recipes for chili and soup) to Second Harvest partner food pantries and meal sites that feed hungry children and adults and through its own Mobile Food Bank and other direct-service programs.

“This is something that we can do as a company for the community,” said Peter Johnstone, president and CEO of Spokane Seed Co.

Spokane Seed Co. has operated for more than a century and has supported Second Harvest since the 1970s. The company, which now has 53 employees, sells seed to farmers, helps them husband their crops, and then stores and processes the harvested legumes and markets them internationally.

Johnstone said he went forward with the project, which rallies split pea and lentil growers to contribute a portion of their crops, after hearing two different presentations about the need for the agricultural community to come together to feed hungry people.

 “I have been incubating this idea for a few years now,” Johnstone said.

In addition to making sizable donations, Spokane Seed Co. employees have come to the Spokane distribution center to help package the legumes.

Andrew Fontaine (pictured above), General Manager of Spokane Seed Co., said when the employees volunteered at the Second Harvest distribution center it really drove home the impact that the split pea and lentil donations make in feeding the hungry.  

Second Harvest is grateful for the generosity of Spokane Seed Co. and its participating growers.