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Fighting hunger, feeding hope

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Second Harvest Inland Northwest brings community resources together to feed people in need through empowerment, education and partnerships across Eastern Washington and North Idaho.

Enabling fruitful lives

A variety of life situations — like a medical emergency, a divorce or a job change — can lead someone to seek assistance at a food pantry. Many people make too much money to qualify for government assistance but not enough to pay for their basic needs, such as seniors or people with disabilities living on fixed incomes. Others, like hungry kids, lack ready access to a food pantry.

Through partnerships with more than 250 partner food banks, meal sites and other hunger-relief programs, Second Harvest helps put food on the tables of 55,000 people each week, including families, children and seniors. Because there’s no “one size fits all” solution to hunger, the organization also uses a variety of direct service strategies to get food to people who need it, including kid-focused programming, Mobile Market free food distributions (food pantries on wheels), and nutrition education.

 

Fueling student success

One in six kids in the Second Harvest service area experience food-insecurity at home. These hungry kids face poor health outcomes and barriers to academic success. Bite2Go fuels their success — teachers say the students in the program are more focused and engaged in their schoolwork than they were when they went hungry.

The Bite2Go program exemplifies Second Harvest’s multifaceted approach. In partnership with At The Core — another Spokane nonprofit — and businesses and other organizations serving as adoptive organizations, Bite2Go volunteers deliver weekend food kits directly to 217 local schools, ensuring students don’t go hungry over the weekend.

 

“It’s vital that we, as a community, support and encourage the next generation. That’s why we enjoy participating in Second Harvest’s Bite2Go program.”

– Jeff O’Neill, Managing Director of Alliant PNW, Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.

 

Alliant Insurance Services has been supporting Second Harvest for close to a decade in a variety of ways. Since 2016, they’ve served as the adoptive organization of a local elementary school, paying for all the weekly Bite2Go food kits throughout the school year. “It’s vital that we, as a community, support and encourage the next generation. That’s why we enjoy participating in Second Harvest’s Bite2Go program,” says agency principal Jeff O’Neill.

Every Wednesday through the school year, a group of Alliant staff pick up over 100 food kits at Second Harvest, then head to a local elementary school. They hand-deliver the food kits to each classroom, taking time to greet the teachers and students — including one student, who waits outside his classroom to offer a hug before helping Alliant volunteers distribute kits to his classmates.

 

“Thanks to the passion and energy of Alliant staff, we’re moving closer to ending hunger in our community. We simply couldn’t do what we do without them.”

Steve Durham, Vice President of Philanthropy, Child Hunger Programs, Second Harvest

 

Alliant supports the students in other ways — for example, by sponsoring a day trip to a local community college to attend a play, building end-of-the-year goodie bags to keep their minds moving, and purchasing thick waterproof gloves to keep them playing outside through the winter.

Alliant staff also volunteer at packing sessions to sort, pack and organize food kits throughout the year. “Thanks to the passion and energy of Alliant staff, we’re moving closer to ending hunger in our community,” says Steve Durham, vice president of philanthropy, child hunger programs, at Second Harvest. “We simply couldn’t do what we do without them and our many generous volunteers.”

 

Taking a bite out of hunger

Help Alliant win $10,000 for Second Harvest by clicking the vote button. Get them an extra vote by cheering them on in the comments below by October 31, 2023. Your vote can help feed hungry kids and help them live healthy, fruitful lives. A Make More Happen Award could take a big bite out of hunger in the inland Northwest by providing 2,000 weekend food kits for students in local schools.

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Crystal Yurik
4 months ago

I absolutely LOVE volunteering at 2nd Harvest. What a great program and I’m thrilled how many of our employees are involved there! Keep it up Alliant!

Lynn
4 months ago

Keep it going!

Sara Lindgren
4 months ago

Thanks to Alliant for their wonderful support.

Cindy
4 months ago

Thank you for supporting this program!

Sonya
4 months ago

Go Team Alliant!!!

Jennifer Mendenhall
4 months ago

Teamwork makes the dream work!

Cindy
4 months ago

Great work, Alliant team!

Jennifer A Tveit
4 months ago

That’s Heart! I love it.

Crystal Yurik
4 months ago

Such an amazing show of support for this great cause, way to go team Alliant!

Selena
4 months ago

Way to go Alliant!

Diana Ware
4 months ago

KUDO’s to Alliant for supporting this important program!

Melissa Wikum
4 months ago

go team!

Roberto Ramirez
4 months ago

Go Alliant Tram !!

Priscilla
4 months ago

Way to give back, team Alliant!

Lourdes Hole
4 months ago

Great job Alliant team!

Colleen
4 months ago

Keep up the great work Alliant!

Jiaying He
4 months ago

Way to go Alliant!

DeeDee Pike
4 months ago

Great job, Alliant!

Diane Fulgar
4 months ago

Thank you Alliant for supporting a great cause!

Jeff O'Neill
4 months ago

Truly one of my favorite causes!

Michelle
4 months ago

Thanks to team Alliant for caring about our community!

Teresa Glock
4 months ago

Thank you Alliant for supporting such a wonderful cause!

Jennifer Greer
4 months ago

Let’s go Alliant. What a great cause to support.

Joy
4 months ago

Way to go Alliant!

Cindy
4 months ago

Go team Alliant!

Niti
4 months ago

Let’s go Alliant!

Erica
4 months ago

Thanks ALLIANT!

Lia Franco
4 months ago

Go Team Alliant!

Sarah Stanson
4 months ago

We are so close!!! Let’s get to 500 today!

Sara Smith
4 months ago

What a great opportunity to give back!

Gabe Gonzalez
4 months ago

Thanks for all you are doing in the community!!!

Crystal Yurik
4 months ago

Great job Lauren and all involved, keep up the great work!

Nicole Bristlin
4 months ago

Whooo hooo!!

Tyler Israel
4 months ago

Let’s go Alliant!

Clint
4 months ago

Go Alliant

Tyanne
4 months ago

Yay Alliant! #GivingBack

Abby
4 months ago

Great job team Alliant!!

Rita Caldera
4 months ago

Way to go Alliant!

Rhonda Lillard
4 months ago

Way to go Alliant!

Karen Adcock
4 months ago

Go Allliant!!

Cindy Powell
4 months ago

Way to go team Alliant! Thank you caring and helping the community!

jose garza
4 months ago

Thanks for for supporting Bite2Go. thank you Alliant!!

Patrick McIntyre
4 months ago

Great job Team Alliant

Emily Quinlan
4 months ago

Way to go team Alliant!

Dave Liebes
4 months ago

Great organization!

Arpi Mashuryan
4 months ago

Yay Alliant !!!

John Hickman
4 months ago

Go Alliant!

Michael Heffernan
4 months ago

This is such a great cause and a way for us all to give back to our local communities and help those who are in need. Second Harvest makes it so easy for everyone to help one another and I would encourage everyone to get involved with this cause.

Vickie Pierson
4 months ago

What a great way to give back and help support future generations. Thank you Alliant and Second Harvest!

Debbie Johnston
4 months ago

Children are so important and glad Alliant is dedicated to this cause!

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