Second Harvest at Spokane Schools is a three-year pilot program in partnership with the Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation aimed at increasing food security and improving the academic performance of students at three high-need elementary schools.

Hunger should not be an obstacle for kids to succeed in the classroom. But with 57 percent of students in Spokane Public Schools and almost half throughout Spokane County eligible for free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch, the learning curve is tougher for far too many local schoolchildren. Teachers say students cannot learn when they’re focused on their empty stomachs. Hungry students lack concentration and struggle with poor academic performance, behavior problems and health issues.

Second Harvest at Spokane Schools will leverage existing programs, including Mobile Markets and Bite 2 Go, along with providing and nutrition education.