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Agora winners announced, including Second Harvest Food Bank

Greater Spokane Inc. on Wednesday announced winners of the annual Agora Awards, which recognize excellence in area businesses.

Winners are:

  • Small business: Desautel Hege Communications
  • Medium business: Horizon Hospice
  • Large business: Spokane Industries Inc.
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit winner: Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. 
  • Community Service winner: Northwest Farm Credit Services.
  • Small nonprofit: Spokane Lilac Festival Association
  • Large nonprofit: Second Harvest Food Bank.
  • The main sponsor of the awards is Bank of America.

Hunger has been dumped

The final numbers are in from the five week Dump Hunger campaign to collect donations for local food banks. The goal was to fill a dump truck with 225,000 pounds of food. Western States Equipment branches in five western states teamed up with regional Albertson's locations to collect food. The drive collected 348,607 pounds of food, plus $25,952. Each dollar is considered to be equal to five pounds of food, making the grand total 528,319 pounds of food for local food banks.

Local beneficiaries include Community Action Partnership in Hayden (5,378 pounds) and Second Harvest (76,264 pounds). In all, donations were given to 13 agencies in Idaho, Washington, Montana, Oregon and Wyoming. This is the third year for the Dump Hunger campaign, which has brought in 1,233,017 pounds of food since its inception.  

Dump hunger update

A group of local businesses have a really big goal - fill a dump truck with 225,000 pounds of food and donate it to Second Harvest. Their food drive ends Feb. 7 and they have managed to collect enough food and money to total 218,314 pounds (every dollar is considered the equivalent of five pounds of food). So there's still time if you would like to help fill the truck. Donations can be dropped off at all local Albertsons, Les Schwab and Western States Equipment locations.

Dump hunger this weekend

Most of us probably have a few stray items in our cupboards that we can part with. Maybe you bought something to use in a particular recipie that you never made. Or maybe you hit a really good sale and have more of something than you really need.

Several local business are teaming up with Second Harvest to attempt to fill a dump truck with donated food in a "Dump Hunger" campaign. A dump truck will be in place this weekend at the Albertsons at Trent and Argonne accepting donations. The truck will be there from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The truck holds 225,000 pounds of food, so fill those bags and bring them over.

If you can't make it over there this weekend, there will be food collection bins at all local Albertsons, Les Schwab and Western States Equipment locations through Feb. 7.