Second Harvest Inland Northwest, the region’s largest food distribution center, received 15 tons of sweet corn from a Moses Lake farm Wednesday.
The donation from Hirai Farms through its charitable organization, Annie’s Fun, came as a response to Gov. Chris Gregoire’s “Feeding Washington” initiative.
National Frozen Foods Corp. picked the corn and loaded it into Hirai trucks, which delivered the fresh corn to Second Harvest’s warehouse in Spokane.
“The nutritious corn from Hirai Farms/Annie’s Fun and National Frozen Foods Corporation will bring hope to the table for thousands of families and seniors who need our help,” said Jason Clark, executive director of Second Harvest.
Each week, Second Harvest, with its network of 275 food banks in Eastern Washington and North Idaho, helps feed 48,000 people living in poverty.
Second Harvest spokesman Rod Wieber said the corn will be distributed within a week.
Major food banks such as the Salvation Army and Our Place in the West Central Neighborhood, Wieber said, are seeing 200 new clients come through their doors each month.