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Spokane County awarded Second Harvest $2.1 million in Federal COVID-19 aid to purchase food and pay for increased transportation costs, but nonprofits say they still need more support from the community.
Salvation Army quickly distributed hundreds of boxes of food Tuesday during a food give away as many families struggle to make ends meet as they wait to go back to work.
Responding to an overwhelming need during the coronavirus pandemic, Avista Foundation has provided funding to local food banks and United Way outside of its normal funding cycle.
Local food banks are now serving far more people with fewer resources as more people are out of work and the larger, older volunteer base stays home to protect itself from the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the new coronavirus leaving many people at least temporarily out of work, food banks and pantries across the U.S. are scrambling to meet an expected surge in demand, even as older volunteers have been told to stay home and calls for social distancing have complicated efforts to package and distribute food.
Thousands of Washington college students are hungry. Washington State University, Eastern Washington University and the Spokane Community Colleges are are struggling with the problem, despite varied approaches to dealing with student food insecurity.
Free summer meals for Spokane kids in low-income areas end for the season on Friday as school employees regroup for the start of classes.
Local volunteers raised nearly $30,000 during the annual Street Music Week in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene for food donations in Eastern Washington and North Idaho.
Take a look around and count nine people. One of them, statistically, doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from, according to the food bank organization Feeding America.
Comforting, sweet and cheap, “white food” has its appeals. But the frosted cinnamon rolls and chocolate-chip scones packed by the clamshell into cardboard boxes in a food bank warehouse last week wouldn’t do anyone’s health much good.
Second Harvest has the chance to reap an abundance of fresh produce donated by regional farmers but needs more money to deliver the food to those in need. The organization is asking the community to help raise an additional $100,000 by the end of December to pick up the food from the farms and distribute it to area food banks, which have seen a recent surge in need.
Dozens of volunteers gleaned for the greater good Saturday. They flocked to Green Bluff to pick thousands of pounds of leftover produce to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank to help feed families and seniors in the region. The harvest is based on an ancient practice called gleaning, in which remaining crops are picked after farmers’ fields are commercially harvested, often to feed people who struggle to put food on the table.
Students at Madison Elementary School showed how much they care for classmate Snezhana Dedkov by competing against one another to raise money for her. In October, Snezhana was in an accident that left her severely burned, and she’s been at the burn unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, her parents by her side. Recently she was moved to Seattle’s Children’s Hospital.
When it came to charitable giving this holiday season, the Spokane spirit was willing even if the economy is still weak. Four of the Inland Northwest’s most prominent charities reported that donations during their Christmas fundraising drives fell shy of goals, but not for lack of caring.
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.
BOISE – Fish given to the region’s poor people by Idaho wildlife officials without a warning about mercury levels were more widely distributed than previously disclosed. One Washington charity that got lake trout and whitefish caught from Lake Pend Oreille said Thursday it passed hundreds of pounds to other groups.
The region’s largest food distribution center closed Monday while crews removed snow from the roof of its Spokane warehouse. A Second Harvest Inland Northwest spokesman said he did not foresee major disruption in food distribution Monday and today.