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2nd Harvest supports traditional food banks.

January 7, 2011

2nd Harvest is not a traditional food bank.

In actuality they are “a charity food distribution center,” Melissa Cloninger, Director of Community and Cooperate Relations at 2nd Harvest in Inland Northwest.

2nd Harvest is a part of the Feeding America network, the largest hunger focused organization in the United States. Feeding America acts as a mediator and advocate for the organizations under them. 2nd Harvest also collects their own resources through food drives and financial contributions from the local community.

Once resources from the local community or Feeding America are received, 2nd Harvest then distributes the donations to local food banks across Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.

“These last two years have presented new challenges for non-profits, like 2nd Harvest,” said Cloninger. “There is no stereotype anymore, the face of hunger has changed.”

Cloninger told the story of an average woman and her husband from one of the supplied food bank. She and her husband both worked, but shortly after being certified as an electrician she was laid off. Her husband was injured and they did not have the deductible for the surgery that was needed. Before they made a decent living, by no mean wealthy but suddenly overnight that changed and they turned to the food bank for help.

“They are not used to having to seek assistance,” Cloninger said about their average client.

2nd Harvest provides 1.8 million pounds of food to local food banks every month. This feeds 40,000 clients a week and 200,000 different clients per year. Despite this large quantity, there is still a much grater need. There is an estimated 75 million meal difference between the need and the actual being provided.

But thankfully, the Spokane community is generous, Cloninger said. Because of financial contributions and food drives, 2nd Harvest is able to provide tons of food, but the need is still greater.

Volunteer Info:

Visit http://www.2-harvest.org/4/how-to-help/ OR contact Julie Nesbitt  (509) 252-6242 or jnesbitt@2-harvest.org

Map:

1234 East Front Avenue, Spokane, WA

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. January 7, 2011 9:54 pm

    How many people does it take to consume 1.8 million pounds of food in a month?

  2. deavide permalink
    January 7, 2011 10:05 pm

    How can someone get involved?

  3. January 7, 2011 10:10 pm

    I like the detail you give and the example that illustrates it.
    Are there any other places we can link to?

  4. January 7, 2011 10:21 pm

    Second Harvest is a wonderful organization; they do such wonderful things for Spokane. How can the average person get involved?

  5. January 7, 2011 10:23 pm

    Wow, really interesting information. The 75 million meal deficit was a real shock. Good job incorporating quotes. Just one thing: your link doesn’t work.

  6. January 8, 2011 8:58 pm

    I’d heard of Second Harvest before but it’s really good to get some information on it. Thanks!

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