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Second Harvest announces new partnerships with local nonprofits

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PASCO, WA - Second Harvest has partnered to supply free nutritious food to additional Tri-Cities nonprofits: Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels, Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity and the Second Chance Center, a program of the Community Action Committee (CAC). The new partnerships will help homebound seniors and low-income families receive the nutrition they need to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels receives nutritious fresh produce and other perishable groceries from Second Harvest to prepare hot meals delivered to homebound seniors. Marcee Woffinden, Nutrition Services Program Director, commented that they have been able to include more fresh produce in their menus. “This is a nice treat for the seniors we serve. It has also allowed us to have more freedom in menu development and will help us be able to serve more seniors due to cost savings on food items.”

Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity works with families needing adequate housing and meeting income guidelines, who have participated in the construction of their new home. Second Harvest provides a stocked refrigerator and pantry for families moving in to their new home. Executive Director Lisa Godwin remarked, “There is nothing better than seeing the faces of a Habitat family open their cupboards and fridge only to find food donated from Second Harvest on Dedication Day. What a huge blessing!”

Second Chance Center-Community Action Committee receives a variety of easy-open nonperishable food for their day shelter program serving homeless families with children, who are actively seeking employment and housing. “Second Harvest provides food that people living in temporary situations can heat up in the motel microwave or on-the-go. It just might make the difference between someone eating or not.” Beckie Hildman, Department Director, recalled the story of a young mother with four children under the age of four who spoke with her after receiving a box of food. “I didn’t even think about food when we fled (from domestic violence). It was one worry I hadn’t thought of, but it will now be one worry I don’t have to think about tonight.”

“Second Harvest is on track to provide over 5 million pounds of free food to over twenty hunger-relief partners in Benton and Franklin counties. These three new relationships join an existing network that enables us all to stretch donor dollars while reaching additional Mid-Columbia families and seniors in need,” said Holly Siler, Regional Executive Director.