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, easy-to-open, nonperishable and don’t require cooking.
One in five children in Benton and Franklin counties is hungry, or at risk of hunger. Peggy McCullough, Bechtel National Inc. Project Director at the Hanford Vit Plant commented, “It’s critical to students’ scholastic success to ensure they return to school on Monday, ready to focus. Children who are hungry can’t concentrate and therefore can’t learn. We’re honored to help Second Harvest provide the foundation for learning these children need to succeed.”
Second Harvest’s Regional Executive Director Holly Siler remarked, “We are incredibly grateful to partner with Bechtel in the fight against childhood hunger. In the Tri-Cities, more than half of children rely on free/reduced school meals, translating into many students without regular access to nutritious food over the weekend. This funding will allow Second Harvest to help additional local schoolchildren.”
Individuals and organizations can make donations by visiting www.2-harvest.org/Bite2Go.