Many of my friends have expressed interest in donating part of their stimulus check to supporting our community during this crisis.Please thoughtfully consider this donation to Second Harvest if you have more than you need at this time.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about major changes to daily life in the Inland Northwest. More people than ever are turning to food banks, many for the first time, due to the public health and economic crisis. Businesses remain closed and joblessness is skyrocketing. As schools remain closed, kids aren't receiving the free and reduced-price school meals they relied on for nutrition. Seniors are facing increased barriers to food access as a high-risk population for COVID-19 complications.
Second Harvest has been leading the hunger-relief network in the region since 1971. Second Harvest distributes over 2 million pounds of free food each month to help people in need in 26 counties in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Partnerships with more than 250 neighborhood food banks and meal centers make it possible to feed 55,000 people each week.
To increase food access during this time of heightened need, Second Harvest began offering food box distributions at Spokane Public Schools locations. Distributions at six schools served more than 400 families. Second Harvest holds four of these events each day at schools in the Greater Spokane area.