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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...