Meet the people you’ll be helping when you donate to the Season of Giving food drive

Meet the people you’ll be helping when you donate to the Season of Giving food drive

Every week, 55,000 people line up at food banks across Eastern Washington and North Idaho. The shelves they sort through stay stocked because of your donations. Second Harvest and Yoke’s are hoping to build on that generosity this week with the Season of Giving food drive.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Center food bank at the East Central Community Center is one of 250 food banks across the region that receives food from Second Harvest. The charity supplies an estimated 95 percent of food at the food bank.

“They share the wealth and give to us and the food bank, and we just turn around and give it back to the community,” said food bank manager A’Dell Whitehead. “So, without Second Harvest, I don’t think we’d be as successful as we are.”

Whitehead greets each and every client that comes into the food bank every day, like Janine Williams. Williams told KXLY a brutal leg injury put her on disability a year and a half ago and ever since, she’s been coming to the food bank.

“It’s really been a lifesaver,” said Williams. “I’m on a very limited income and I do get food stamps, and they only go so far, so I supplement my meals with the food bank.”

She doesn’t have to stress about skipping meals, because the shelves are always stocked. It’s a relief for fellow client Cher Olson, who’s been coming to the food bank since 1991.

“You know, I’d have to be robbing Peter to pay Paul and bills wouldn’t get paid and yeah, my health would actually probably decline,” said Olson. “We don’t get very much on our social security, we’re usually spent very thin, so being able to get fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, all the good things that we actually need, we usually can’t buy. Here, we get all this really great healthy stuff and it gives us an opportunity to be healthy and feel good.”

With your help – buying a $5 or $10 pre-packaged meal or making a cash donation at the register at Yoke’s – local food bank volunteers like Whitehead can continue to serve the clients they’ve come to know and love.

“To be here for them, in their time of need… I can’t explain that,” Whitehead said as she choked back tears. “I’m sorry. I can’t explain that. It’s just, it touches you, because you’re helping someone else.”

The Season of Giving food drive ends Friday Dec. 7, but Second Harvest and local food banks are always accepting donations.

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