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Borah food pantry to provide healthier food to families in need

Borah food pantry to provide healthier food to families in need

COEUR d'ALENE — Four 11-year-old girls, all fifth-graders at Borah Elementary School, spent their lunch hour Wednesday helping unload the first food delivery to the Borah Elementary Food Pantry at Coeur d'Alene Assembly Church. Several members of the partnership that made the food pantry possible arrived for the "grand opening." The partners include Borah Elementary, the Assembly Church, University of Idaho and Second Harvest Food Bank....

Starting from Scratch

Starting from Scratch

When Joe Astorino teaches kids about the role of fiber, he takes a square of carpet and coats it with a mixture of muddy goop. These are your intestines, he says, folding the carpet into a tube with the goop on the inside. Astorino is the garden manager at Pullman's Community Action Center. Partnerships with the YMCA and Pullman Public Schools give him ample opportunity to use games and illustrations to teach food concepts. In society at large, it's a confusing topic....

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...

CrossFit Spokane Valley Hunger Games Food Drive

CrossFit Spokane Valley Hunger Games Food Drive

Thank you to our friends at CrossFit Spokane Valley and to everyone who participated in the Hunger Games Food Drive. Gym owner Dan Staton and member Brian Rankin pulled up to Second Harvest’s distribution center earlier this week with a trailer filled with cans and boxes of food that weighed in at 3,328 pounds. “It was our goal to get a personal best with the food,” said Staton, adding that this was the sixth year for the event. The Hunger Games Food Drive, which...

Second Harvest Helping with Children's Weekend Meals

Second Harvest Helping with Children's Weekend Meals

SPOKANE, Wash. – Children go to class to learn subjects like math and reading but some local schools are also worried about what life is like for students outside of the classroom. Counselors at Shiloh Hill Elementary slip bags of food discreetly into 50 student's backpacks every Friday. The bags contains kid-friendly foods to eat over the weekend that do not need a can opener or stove. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to organize the meals at Second Harvest Food Bank...

Mobile Food Bank Visits School

Mobile Food Bank Visits School

Spokesman Review--Hunger is an obstacle to learning in school. For years, the government has addressed that concern by offering reimbursement to serve free breakfasts and lunches at qualifying schools. Now local organizations want to make sure children have food at home, too. At Lidgerwood Elementary School, a mobile food bank, weekend food kits and practical cooking and nutrition lessons are all part of a new program. “We asked ourselves: What would...

Second Harvest Benefits from Cars for Charity Partnership

Second Harvest Benefits from Cars for Charity Partnership

Second Harvest is one of several partner charities that benefits from your old clunker.    SPOKANE, WA--Nine local non-profits are teaming up this fall to get the word out about Cars for Charity, a program that's been around since 1996, has collected thousands of used vehicles – mostly old junkers – to part out for cash.   Right now is a perfect time to think about making a donation, and each donation goes a long way in helping out those less for...

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...