SPOKANE, Wash. – After the holidays, local food banks usually see a drop in donations. Here in the Inland Northwest, donations are down as the need continues to rise.
For the sixth year, Western States CAT, Albertsons and Wells Fargo have teamed up to help the post-holiday void. This year, the businesses set the goal to fill six dump trucks with food in five weeks across five states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. That goal is the equivalent of 450,000 lbs. of food; nearly 400,000 meals.
The money and food gathered in the Inland Northwest will benefit Second Harvest, which distributes 2,000,000 lbs. of food every month to hungry families and seniors.
Second Harvest Chief Resource Officer Rod Wieber said the charity continues to see unprecedented need throughout the area, and it’s food and fund drives like Dump Hunger that ensure needs are met.
Wieber said protein-rich donations are the most needed such as canned tuna and chicken, macaroni and cheese, canned soups and stew, and canned fruits and vegetabes.
All area Albertsons and Western States CAT locations are accepting food donations, or you can make monetary donations at CAT and Wells Fargo.
Additionally, you can contribute to the drive online.