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 the agriculture, construction, food processing, maritime and aerospace industries.
Spokane House of Hose has sponsored Second Harvest’s Taking a Bite Out of Hunger event several years in a row, which last year raised more than $197,000, enough to provide 985,000 meals to those in need. The sponsorship included significant matching gifts that inspired other companies to support Second Harvest, making their impact go far beyond their original gift.
“They have gone above and beyond in responding to the call to feed people across our region,” said Chris Houglum, director of donor relations at Second Harvest.
Additionally, the company provided a founding gift to help open The Kitchen at Second Harvest, which now serves thousands of low-income families per year through free community cooking classes, off-site classes at local community centers and more.
“When I heard of the plans for the new Kitchen project at Second Harvest, I was both intrigued and excited,” said Karen Hayden-Rau, CFO.
“We live in such a rich agricultural region, and the vast majority of the food Second Harvest distributes is fresh and perishable,” she said.
“Bringing entire families into The Kitchen, teaching them a recipe, enjoying the meal together and then sending them off with the ingredients and recipe to repeat at home; I cannot think of a better way to educate and teach nutrition.”
“As families continue to struggle to put food on the table in our growing community and seniors struggle to make ends meet with rising costs of living, it is important to us to be a part of helping through an organization like Second Harvest,” Hayden-Rau said.
“It gives our company a sense of connection to those that benefit from the services offered by Second Harvest in knowing that our contributions have helped make their day-to-day lives a little less stressful.”
Find out more: Updates about partnerships, awards and activities are regularly posted on 2-harvest.org, and on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Ways to partner with Second Harvest
Team-building in The Kitchen
In-Kind donations and online fundraising
Employee matching programs
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