WSDOT gives $14,000 to Spokane-area food banks

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 18 at 3:00 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. – A tradition of giving at the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Eastern Region Headquarters was fueled by a little friendly competition this year: the winning office gets breakfast cooked by the office’s senior staff.

So far this season, the staff of about 250 people raised more than $14,000 and 1,500 pounds of food for local food banks.  They accomplished that through bake sales, breakfasts and silent auctions.

WSDOT Planning Specialist Terie Wright said her coworkers share the giving spirit.

“We have a great, great employee base here,” Wright said. “We’re all very thankful that we do have jobs and want to share that. It’s our community; they’re our neighbors. Those are the people in need."

This is the eighth year they’ve collected donations to fight hunger and the staff said the effort gets bigger every year. Since 2006, WSDOT’s Eastern Region Headquarters have raised more than $78,000 for our local food banks.

This year’s donation will go to places like the Medical Lake Food Bank, North County Food Pantry, Second Harvest,  Spokane Valley Partners, Union Gospel Mission and Our Place.

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