January 5, 2009 in City

Snow on roof closes Second Harvest warehouse

By The Spokesman-Review
 
Jesse Tinsley photo

Victoria Hanko shovels off the roof of Second Harvest, the warehouse that supplies food banks around the region, Monday, Jan. 5, 2009. Second Harvest closed its doors Monday to clear the snow.
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For more information about food services, call Second Harvest at (509) 534-6678.

The region’s largest food distribution center closed today while crews removed snow from the roof of the Spokane warehouse.

A Second Harvest Inland Northwest spokesman said, however, that he did not foresee major disruption in food distribution today and Tuesday.

The warehouse at 1234 E. Front Ave. was expected to be open as usual as early as Wednesday, said Rod Wieber, Second Harvest director of donor and community relations. In the meantime, the center would continue collecting food from major donors and distributing food to large food banks.

Wieber said no structural problems have been detected and Second Harvest was only being closed as a precaution.

Second Harvest provides food for more than 48,000 people each week at 13 emergency food pantries in Spokane and more than 300 area food banks and meal centers.

Meanwhile, clients of the Cheney Food and Clothing Bank are being directed to other food banks because of the structural failure of the Wren Pierson Building, 615 Fourth St., where it is located. The building, which also houses the Cheney Historical Museum, Cheney Outreach and Cheney Parks and Recreation, was closed on Saturday after an engineer declared it unsound.

Food was pulled out of the food bank under the supervision of the Cheney Fire Department. Food bank clients are being referred to the Medical Lake Food Bank and the Salvation Army in Spokane.

The Medical Lake Food Bank, 211 N. Lefevre, which is open Fridays from 10 a.m. until noon, can be reached at (509) 299-3819. The Salvation Army, 204 E. Indiana, accepts appointments for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. by calling (509) 325-6821. Walk-ins are accepted from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

For more information about food services, call Second Harvest at (509) 534-6678.

Reach Kevin Graman at (509) 459-5433 or kevingr@spokesman.com.

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