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Feeding Hope: Linden's Story

Feeding Hope: Linden's Story

Twenty-two-year-old Linden lives across the street from where the Second Harvest Mobile Market was about to take place on a sunny, fall day in Bonner’s Ferry, Idaho.  Bonner’s Ferry, self-proclaimed as “Idaho’s most friendly town,” has been home to him his whole life.  He stood in line for the free food distribution next to his aunt—whom he calls his sister—waiting for the event to begin.  Linden has lived with his grandparents since he...

Feeding Hope: Nichole's Story

Feeding Hope: Nichole's Story

“Little giggles are my favorite sound,” said Nichole as her three daughters chased each other in circles around their car in the parking lot of Canvas Church.  Tamara, 8, Catherine, 6, and Kenley, 4, were Mom’s little helpers as she picked up food from a Second Harvest Mobile Market in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  Nichole and her family used to volunteer at the Canvas Church food bank.  She wanted to teach her daughters the importance of serving others th...

Feeding Hope: Connie, Becky, and Harley's Stories

Feeding Hope: Connie, Becky, and Harley's Stories

On a sunny September day, Connie, Becky, and Harley stood together in the courtyard of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in St. Maries, Idaho.  They were at the end of a long line of people waiting for the Second Harvest Mobile Market to begin.  All shared an excitement about the fresh fruits, vegetables, and other food items that they were about to take home. The largest town in rural Benewah County, St. Maries is still considered small by many standards.  Home to less than...

Partner Spotlight: Our Place Fresh Market

Partner Spotlight: Our Place Fresh Market

The Wednesday night Kendall Yards Night Market is known for its fresh produce, food trucks, and live music.  But just a few blocks west, Our Place holds its own market, distributing free produce to people facing hunger.  Second Harvest provides fresh produce, protein, grains, dairy, and other food items to 250 agencies throughout the Inland Northwest, including Our Place Community Ministries.  This agency primarily serves the West Central neighborhood in Spokane. ...

Happy Earth Day! Celebrating Earth's Abundance

Happy Earth Day! Celebrating Earth's Abundance

Happy Earth Day!  April 22nd was Earth Day, so let’s celebrate our relationship with the Earth!  A major way we interact with Earth is through the food we eat.  Earth offers us an abundance of delicious foods—namely, grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. Grains Earth provides us with an enormous variety of grains to eat: wheat, rice, oats, barley, quinoa, millet, farro, amaranth, wheat berries… There are too many to choose from!  Grains can keep...

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...

EWU introduces food pantries to address student hunger

EWU introduces food pantries to address student hunger

Parents send their kids to college, hoping they will get a great education, but some of those students have more pressing concerns, like where they will get their next meal.  Now, Eastern Washington University is trying to end the problem of student hunger, introducing new food pantries all around campus. The campus held a kickoff party for the new pantries on April 24 and it included a pop up food pantry by Second Harvest. Second Harvest will be stocking the pantries around EWU....

Reduce your food waste at home and at the store

Reduce your food waste at home and at the store

April is Earth Month, 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 estim...

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...

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day is March 14

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day is March 14

March is National Nutrition Month, and this month we’re putting the spotlight on our nutrition education team. Second Harvest dietitians Mindy and Christina help bring dietetic expertise to Kitchen classes, food pantry setup, meal planning and more.   "Registered dietitian nutritionists are committed to improving the health of their patients, clients and communities through food and nutrition," says registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy of Nutrition and...

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...

Larger kitchen lets Second Harvest expand services

Larger kitchen lets Second Harvest expand services

By Amy Edelen The Second Harvest Kitchen recently completed an expansion of its in-house kitchen to provide more space for cooking classes, demonstrations and community gatherings. Increased demand from individuals for nutritional education and scratch cooking classes fueled the need for a kitchen overhaul, said Julie Humphreys, community relations manager at Second Harvest. The 457-square-foot expansion – which includes construction of a multipurpose room to house a commun...

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...

Partner Spotlight: Othello Food Bank

Partner Spotlight: Othello Food Bank

The Othello Food Bank in Adams County is promoting increased access and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables through their client choice healthy pantry, as well as the Othello community garden. Sharon, Othello’s food bank manager, has emphasized the importance of eating more fruits and vegetables and healthier food choices among clients. “Having the fresh produce first for selections I believe certainly does encourage our clients to make some healthier choices,” sh...

Food pantries turn to healthier options

Food pantries turn to healthier options

Imagine going to the grocery store with a list, ready to fill your cart with goods for the week’s meals. Instead of going through the aisles and picking what you know you and your family will eat, and what items they can eat based on food allergies or favorites, you are given a box of food and ushered out the door. It would be better than no food, but most of us would miss being able to choose what to take home. That realization, along with an increased focus on healthy eating, is d...

Coeur d'Alene Living Local: Taking a Bite Out of Hunger

Coeur d'Alene Living Local: Taking a Bite Out of Hunger

Soon we'll be making our holiday plans, and the calendars will quickly fill up with events and parties for the holiday season. But it is not necessarily a joyous time for everyone, especially for those who struggle to put food on the table. Fortunately for those in our area, there are people and organizations that are doing what they can to make a significant impact on the lives of those in our community who have difficulty making ends meet. Whether it is seniors on a fixed income, fa...

Formerly homeless mom gives back to hungry families

Formerly homeless mom gives back to hungry families

Trishell grew up in Spokane, a veteran of Lewis and Clark High School, but moved to California after graduation. She ran into hard times there. As a single mom with three kids, she was homeless. After moving back to town, she found a temporary home with her parents. “We made do,” she said. “I paid off all my bills and saved up enough and I bought my home.” Today she works in finance and customer service. Her company volunteers at Second Harvest and she jumps at the...

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...

Cheaper inroads to nutritious eating

Cheaper inroads to nutritious eating

By Treva Lind With a few strategies, families can eat more highly nutritious foods on the cheap. Among regional nutrition experts’ top suggestions: Spend more time in bulk-food and produce sections, but be flexible to adapt recipe ingredients to produce that’s more in season or less costly. Also, prep or preserve portion sizes soon after purchase. Dietician Alice Ma dishes budget-friendly, nutrient-dense advice in her class, “Healthy Eating on a Budget,...

Food pantries to be installed on EWU Campus

Food pantries to be installed on EWU Campus

By Christine Tully Last spring, two micro food pantries were established as a temporary, on-campus solution to ease a hurdle some students face on a daily basis – food insecurity, or lack of regular access to adequate and nutritious food. This coming January, the Office of Community Engagement plans to open six to 10 permanent food pantry cabinets across campus, thanks to a $10,000 sponsorship from the Dairy Farmers of Washington. Roughly one-third of Eastern students have iden...

Working families face rising costs of living

Working families face rising costs of living

Andrew and his family visit Mobile Markets to help put food on the table when money gets tight. The father of three used to work construction until he was injured on a job. Now he stays home with his three children while his wife works full time, but sometimes they still can’t make ends meet. “Society puts a big stigma on reaching out for help, especially as the man of the house. It can make you feel like you failed your family, like you're not good enough or you...

Christina's story: Faces of Hunger

Christina's story: Faces of Hunger

Christina, 65, scrapes by on a very low fixed income. A disability forced her to retire earlier than she would have liked after working for seven years in elementary education in Spokane. Even though she lives alone in a house she owns, grocery shopping for one frequently is a challenge. “I don’t know how I’d do it if I had to pay rent or mortgage,” Christina noted.   Christina, who had been encouraged to go to the Tom’s Turkey Tuesday distribution,...

Help a local family at Thanksgiving

Help a local family at Thanksgiving

Tom’s Turkey Drive, a collaborative effort of Second Harvest, Rosauers Supermarkets and KREM 2, is a month away. Thanks to generous donors and volunteers who spent hours working at partner stores and assembling meals at the Second Harvest warehouse, more than 11,000 Thanksgiving meals and $66,728.99 (equivalent to 333,645 meals) was distributed last year to hungry families. Donors can purchase a complete holiday meal that feeds a family of four for just $20.  The bagged ingredi...

Second Harvest awarded 4-star Charity Navigator rating

Second Harvest awarded 4-star Charity Navigator rating

Second Harvest was awarded a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for the seventh year in a row. Charity Navigator rates organizations on their financial health, accountability and transparency, using information like the IRS Form 990. The charity is assigned a score ranging from zero to ten in seven performance metrics, as well as a rating for its overall financial health. Only 3 percent of charities evaluated by Charity Navigator in the United States have received a 4-star ra...

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...

Official proclamation of Hunger Action Month

Official proclamation of Hunger Action Month

On Monday, September 11, Spokane Mayor Condon official recognized September as Hunger Action Month here in Spokane. To see the proclaimation, click here. SEPTEMBER IS HUNGER ACTION MONTH SPOKANE MAYOR SIGNS PROCLAMATION ENCOURAGING COMMUNITY TO TAKE ACTION TO SOLVE HUNGER It’s hard to comprehend that hunger exists in our communities, that so many people don’t have enough nutritious food to sustain themselves or their families. But hunger is real. It looks like&nbs...

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...

Making a difference one person at a time

Making a difference one person at a time

When Colleen first walked through the door at a Second Harvest partner food pantry, she was living on the streets.  She needed food and a job. Penny, a volunteer, helped her land both, after noticing Colleen’s interest in plants and agriculture. Today, Colleen has a full-time job at a greenhouse. As winter approaches, it can mean tough times for people like Colleen, who depend on Second Harvest to make it through the coldest months. Dropping temperatures mean higher heat bills...

Investing in Groundbreaking Programs to Solve Senior Hunger

Investing in Groundbreaking Programs to Solve Senior Hunger

Originally published at FeedingAmerica.org A growing number of seniors are living longer, staying active and pursuing their interests, goals and dreams with uncommon vigor. However, more than 5 million seniors in America are facing hunger – a number that’s projected to double by 2050. Without consistent access to healthy food, many older Americans won’t be able to appreciate their golden years. During May, Older Americans Month, Feeding America is sprea...

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...

Mobile Markets bring fresh produce to Hillyard

Mobile Markets bring fresh produce to Hillyard

Volunteers from Rosauers and the Northeast Youth Center are setting up early in a vacant lot in Spokane’s Hillyard neighborhood. It isn’t crowded, but they’re expecting several hundred people for today’s Mobile Market. Ron lives in Hillyard and volunteers in the neighborhood. He sees many people who need help, but don’t know where to turn for services. He’s here with a wagon to get some food for himself, but also hopes to spread the word to other people...

Fresh produce helps seniors facing food shortages

Fresh produce helps seniors facing food shortages

Jo Hayes, or Mama Jo, as she likes to be called, lives at Vintage at Spokane, a 55+ apartment complex on Spokane’s North Side. She comes down to visit with Second Harvest’s AmeriCorps team as they bring fresh produce and bread on their monthly visits to the complex. Hayes, 80, said she doesn’t always need the extra food, but glad it’s there when she does. She knows it’s a lifesaver for some of her needier neighbors.  "I think it does a lot of pe...

Summer hits hard for kids depending on school meals

Summer hits hard for kids depending on school meals

Kristina works long hours serving low-income moms at WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children), which provides state grants, healthcare referrals and nutrition education for new moms. As a mom who used WIC for her own children, Kristina was familiar with the program, and that made her a great fit for her job. However, all is not well for Kristina and her four kids, who range in age from kindergarten to seventh grade.  Despite working so much, s...

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...

Volunteers cook hot breakfasts, stock pantries for Post Falls students

Volunteers cook hot breakfasts, stock pantries for Post Falls students

Mark Jones, program manager at Post Falls School District, has a busy week ahead. He works at four schools, including New Vision Alternative high school. While a majority of students qualify for free lunch, they don’t always get to eat it. “A high percentage of kids don’t turn in paperwork for reduced lunch – it’s a common problem nationwide,” he said. Reasons are varied – parents worry about disclosing income or other personal details on federal...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Bite2Go XL now in Spokane high schools

Bite2Go XL now in Spokane high schools

Second Harvest’s Bite2Go has expanded exponentially since it began in 2008 as the Backpack program. It now serves more than 4,200 kids in dozens of schools throughout Washington and Idaho.   Bite2Go combines the effort of Second Harvest, At The Core and community partners like churches, clubs, businesses and schools to give students weekend meals throughout the school year. These organizations help pay for weekend food kits and volunteering labor and transportation to put kits...

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...

Help feed seniors in your neighborhood

Help feed seniors in your neighborhood

Seniors at Mid-City are clients like Timofey. Without a regular source of nutritious food, his energy is low and he’s exhausted with a terrible headache. If he doesn’t get good food soon, his symptoms will get worse. Knowing where he can get help with food means so much to Timofey. Going hungry can compromise his immune system and elevate his risk of heart attack, asthma and congestive heart failure. Worrying about where his next meal will come from can bring on anxiety and pu...

Spokane transplant passes 100-hour mark as volunteer

Spokane transplant passes 100-hour mark as volunteer

Lisa is new to Spokane, and one of her favorite things about the Lilac City so far is the time she spends volunteering in the warehouse at Second Harvest. She’s at the central facility on Trent Avenue once a week, sorting produce and helping with food drives. “I just passed 100 hours, it’s very exciting,” she said, smiling. “My favorite thing is sorting the Bite 2 Go bags on the weekends. It just breaks my heart that there’s so many kids [who don’...

Homeless family bonds over cooking lessons

Homeless family bonds over cooking lessons

Crystal Cooper was searching for a local food bank online when she ran across the listing for cooking classes at The Kitchen at Second Harvest. Crystal grew up learning to cook, and wants to pass on the skill to her sons, now 15 and 16. “I’ve always loved cooking,” she said. “It’s just something I wanted to show my kids.” The family of four is currently homeless, living in an RV while they wait to be approved for a studio apartment in Spokane. &ldqu...

Kathy's story

Kathy's story

While many families are doing better economically since the Great Recession officially ended in 2009, some are lagging behind, especially those living in rural areas, small towns and in communities of color. Kathy, a Second Harvest client, knows that story all too well. She says people may look like they’re doing well financially because they have a running car or a house, but in reality, they are running on financial fumes. “You don’t know what’s inside. You d...

Beef Counts distributes millionth roast

Beef Counts distributes millionth roast

On December 7, Agri Beef and local beef producers marked an important milestone in the Beef Counts program. Volunteers distributed the 1 millionth serving of beef to a family in need during the monthly Mobile Food Bank at Grace Lutheran Church in the Yakima Valley. The very first beef roasts donated through the Beef Counts program were distributed at the site in December 2010. “It’s meaningful that we recognize this milestone here, where the first Beef Counts donations reached...

Tom's Turkey Drive helps offset medical costs

Tom's Turkey Drive helps offset medical costs

James, Kevin and Marcia don’t seem to notice the cold as they chat and rub their hands together in the morning air. They take gloves and hats from Numerica volunteers who walk up and down the line asking clients if they need them. “I’m a newly single father of a kid looking for some help,” James said. He's struggling to make ends meet and pay for school supplies and food for his son, 15, on one income. Kevin and Marcia are hoping the food they get today will he...

Volunteers spend afternoon helping Grant students

Volunteers spend afternoon helping Grant students

It’s 3 p.m. and dozens of Grant Huskies and their parents, grandparents and caretakers pile into the school’s multi-purpose room to check out Second Harvest’s Mobile Food Bank.   For the kids, it’s a chance to get free folders, granola bars and swag from Robert Martin, a United Health Care vendor who’s stopped by to encourage families to sign up for the company’s Apple Health plans. For their parents, it’s the difference between going hu...

Westwood students fired up about cooking

Westwood students fired up about cooking

It's Friday afternoon at Westwood middle school, and everyone has left the building. Everyone except the rowdy group in Mrs. Johnstone's cooking lab, that is; a persistent gang of 13 who've been coming since Second Harvest's Drew Meuer began a cooking series here. Meuer and nutrition ambassadors Kylie Pybus and Rebekah Deibler set out bowls of frozen bananas, strawberries, cartons of yogurt and a heaping bowl of kale, which gets a few doubtful glances.    ...

Bechtel Awards Second Harvest Funding for Childhood Hunger Relief Program

Bechtel Awards Second Harvest Funding for Childhood Hunger Relief Program

Second Harvest was recently awarded $14,400 from Bechtel National, Inc. The funds will support Second Harvest’s childhood hunger relief program called Bite2Go. The Bite2Go weekend food kit is tailored to elementary schoolchildren who face chronic food shortages at home. The Bite2Go kits are distributed on Fridays at six local schools and provide nutrition for four meals and three snacks to bridge the uncertainty of weekend food insecurity. The components of the kit are kid-friendly, eas...

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...

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....

Donations sought for food drive to help hungry kids

Donations sought for food drive to help hungry kids

The Dairy Farmers of Washington and Fred Meyer stores are partnering on this year’s Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger food and fund drive throughout June. The campaign aims to raise awareness and donations to help Second Harvest feed thousands of children who lack access to enough healthy food during the summer months. Read more.  Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2015/05/29/3583845/donations-sought-for-food-drive.html#storylink=cpy...

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...

Tri-City Americans lend a hand at Second Harvest

Tri-City Americans lend a hand at Second Harvest

Second Harvest had 14 extra sets of hands Wednesday as the Tri-City Americans put in 2 1/2 hours sorting and boxing onions, potatoes and cabbage at the organization’s warehouse in Pasco. The players, volunteering at the warehouse for the second consecutive year, put in a productive morning, helping fellow volunteers with 25,668 pounds of fresh produce. The amount of food sorted and boxed is a near record. The Second Harvest staff said the last time time they were that productive, th...

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...

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...

Vernecia's Story

Vernecia's Story

Summer is usually a time when Inland Northwest families can count on paying less for utilities because there are no expenses for heating their homes. But during a summer of extended high temperatures, families of modest incomes are spending way more money than usual to power fans and air conditioning units to keep their homes at a livable temperature. Vernecia, a married mother of four children ages 9 to 20, said it has been an expensive summer because of high utility bills. Her husba...

Janice's Story

Janice's Story

Janice never expected to need help with food. She had worked since the age of 16 and had been self-sufficient until four years ago when she had to go on medical disability. A condition called occipital neuralgia causes her to have severe chronic head pain 24 hours a day.    Janice, who has lived in the Tri-Cities since 1994, lives alone in Kennewick, but has children and grandchildren nearby. She struggles to put food on the table, since her income leaves her well below the pove...