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Peirone Prize Winner: Drew Meuer

Peirone Prize Winner: Drew Meuer

Originally published at the Pacific Northwest Inlander. Nobody should have to go to school or work or to bed at night with an empty stomach. This doesn't seem like a particularly incendiary sentiment, but hunger is a daily reality for thousands of people: According to data provided by Second Harvest, 15 percent of Spokane County residents — and one out of five children — regularly experience what's known as food insecurity. Drew Meuer is one of the people stri...

Nutritious Knowledge

Nutritious Knowledge

By Taryn Phaneuf Originally published in The Pacific Northwest Inlander Shelves at the Community Food Bank in Pullman overflow with cans of cranberry sauce left over from the holidays. Rows of dried and canned beans, lentils and peas are stacked alongside pre-made soups and bags of pasta. For many households each month, meals are built around the wide array of foodstuffs found here. It's not always an easy task. To show just how hard it can be — and to raise some money...

Second Harvest Kitchen hosts new classes for kids

Second Harvest Kitchen hosts new classes for kids

Two chapters of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County are spending lots of time at Second Harvest’s mobile Kitchen this year. A grant from Empire Health Foundation is funding two quarters of classes for elementary kids and two for middle and high-school students. Hands-on cooking sessions will include recipe demonstrations and sharing, food sampling and healthy food preparation activities. A final session each quarter includes a field trip to The Kitchen at Second Harvest. Cu...

Volunteer Spotlight: Pre-med student spends year helping the hungry

Volunteer Spotlight: Pre-med student spends year helping the hungry

Interview has been edited for length and clarity. By the time Alicia Hughes graduated with a degree in neuroscience from Washington State University, she’d traveled extensively, spending summers in Thailand and Iraq volunteering with NGOs and working with refugee organizations. She said working with low-income families in other countries made her realize how similar people’s struggles with hunger and poverty throughout the world.  “These summers changed everyt...

Farmers donate test-plot crops to Second Harvest

Farmers donate test-plot crops to Second Harvest

Sometimes it pays to be across the road from an internationally-recognized agricultural company. Four local farmers donated test plot crops to Second Harvest in 2016, said Sarah MacPherson, food sourcing manager. “I think as more farmers try different growing methods we will continue to reap the benefits,” MacPherson said. Test crops are still-safe foods farmers grow alongside conventional crops as they hunt for new innovations like resistance to pests. Wilbur-Ellis, one o...

Charity Organizations Distribute Food in Quincy

Charity Organizations Distribute Food in Quincy

Credit: Columbia Basin Herald, Cheryl Schweizer QUINCY — Quincy charitable organizations, with the help of Second Harvest (and Microsoft), distributed more than 9,000 pounds of food to families in need Jan. 26. It was the first joint 2nd Harvest-Microsoft food distribution of the year, said Jack Eaton, project manager for Microsoft’s Columbia data center. The food bank, based in Spokane, and the Quincy data center are partnering for the second year to distribute food in...

Toppenish Fundraiser Auction Raises $14k for Beef Counts Program

Toppenish Fundraiser Auction Raises $14k for Beef Counts Program

TOPPENISH, WASH. – On Tuesday, October 11, local ranchers and feeders started off the Toppenish Livestock Commission fall round up sale with a $14,250 donation to the Beef Counts program. A 550-pound yearling steer donated by the Grant County Cattlemen was bid on and donated back to the cause 28 times before it was sold, with all proceeds going to the industry-wide program that gets beef to local food banks. “I’m really proud of what our industry has built through Beef C...

Second Harvest's kitchen to bridge gap between hunger and health

Second Harvest's kitchen to bridge gap between hunger and health

Spokane, WA APRIL 2015 – Second Harvest is building a community kitchen to help move people in poverty from hunger to health and improve their self-sufficiency. Thanks to many generous donations from the community, Second Harvest has raised close to half of the nearly $1 million needed for construction and the first three years of program costs. A 1,700-square-foot corner of Second Harvest’s distribution center is being transformed into a teaching and production kitchen. Const...

Umpqua Bank, Second Harvest help Lidgerwood families

Umpqua Bank, Second Harvest help Lidgerwood families

SPOKANE, Wash. - Almost half of the students in Spokane Public Schools qualify for free or reduced lunches. That allows students to fill up at school, but what about when they go home? Second Harvest and Umpqua Bank are teaming up to make sure no matter where a student is they won't go hungry. Proper nutrition is critical to our survival. It's an obvious statement, but many take eating breakfast, lunch and dinner every day for granted. Lidgerwood Elementary School Pr...

Beef Counts program aims to help Spokane's needy famlies

Beef Counts program aims to help Spokane's needy famlies

SPOKANE, Wash.  --  The Washington Beef Community donated 1,000 pounds of beef Wednesday to help people in need. Organizers said it was part of the Beef Counts program that aims to help people who cannot afford food. KREM 2 partnered with The Washington Beef Community for Tom's BBQ forecast this year. Rosauers donated 10-cents per pound of beef sold to the program, according to organizers. Click here for news story video: http://www.krem.com/weather/toms-bbq-fo...

A Look at Hunger in America

A Look at Hunger in America

What if you had to choose between paying for utilities and food? Many Americans face difficult decisions like these. The recent Hunger in America study presents the current facts. One in seven Americans, more than 46 million people, including 12 million children, rely on food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families, according to a new study released by Feeding America, the nation's largest provider of charitable food assistance to low-income Americ...

Gap in Diet Quality Between Wealthiest and Poorest Americans Doubles

Gap in Diet Quality Between Wealthiest and Poorest Americans Doubles

The diets of low-income Americans have worsened in the past decade, even as the diets of the wealthiest Americans have improved, according to a new study that is among the first to measure changes in diet quality over time by socioeconomic status. Overall diet quality in the United States remains poor, said the lead author of the study, published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine...