The Light Factory’s featured community partner for this month is 2nd Harvest, a food bank serving Washington State and parts of Idaho. We’re proud to have been donating to them as a monthly partner since 2019. Here's a description of their work from their website,
Fighting hunger, feeding hope: Second Harvest brings community resources together to feed people in need through empowerment, education and partnerships.We believe that everyone has the right to health, and nutritious food is a key ingredient in the recipe for a healthy life. We envision a world in which every person – regardless of age, race, ability, income or status – has access to the food they need to live a life full of the activities and people they love. That’s why Second Harvest works hard to get food onto the tables of families, kids and seniors facing hunger in our community.
Earlier this week we had the chance to spend the afternoon putting together bags of non-perishable food for their Bites2Go program that sends food home from school with children over the weekend. In our part of Washington 47% of students are eligible for free or reduced price meals at school, and Bites2Go is a lifeline to those kids when they head home over the weekend, often to homes that don’t have food.
Photo via 2nd Harvest
During the volunteer shift, our crew was able to pack over a thousand care packages for students, a task that 2nd Harvest undertakes almost every day. On Fridays, teachers and school staff members discreetly drop the bags in the backpacks of students in need. We’re grateful for the work that 2nd Harvest does in our community, and we’re proud to be a small part of that work through donated funds and volunteer time. If you'd like to make a donation, follow this link to their donation page.