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Tuesday, October 27, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Food banks face virus dilemma: More demand, fewer volunteers

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.

Fresh and healthy on food banks’ wish lists

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 needs funds to get farm food to table

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.

Volunteers glean at Green Bluff for food bank

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.

Education Notes: Students hold fundraiser for burn victim

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.

Giving falls short of goals

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 lands one sweet donation

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.

More charities lacked warning about fish

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.

Snow closes Second Harvest center

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.