SPOKANE – The organization responsible for feeding thousands of Inland Northwest families every week just got a much-needed boost from Inland Imaging employees.
As winter months already put a strain on local household budgets, recent food stamp cuts have added to the strain since Nov. 1. Second Harvest Chief Resource Officer Rod Wieber said the average household of four people have lost about 15 meals a month.
Second Harvest is trying to make up for that deficit, setting a goal to raise an additional $80,000 by the end of December.
That effort just got some big help from Inland Imaging employees who set up food drop boxes at all five offices while taking monetary donations.
Inland Imaging Marketing Director Pam Perc said the employees rallied because it’s a cause they care about.
“We’ve heard personal stories from some employees who’ve benefitted in the past,” Perc said. “They’ve shared those stories and said, ‘I really want to give this year ‘cause I know how much this can mean to a family.’ And they gave generously.”
“I think the more that we can encourage other businesses, organization s to take the step that Inland Imaging did, I mean, that can have some great effects here in this community,” Wieber said.
Altogether, Inland Imaging collected 7,400 pounds of food and $4,611 which translates to about 30,000 meals for local families and seniors.