Second Harvest serves food insecure students at Eastern with Mobile Market

For a lot of students on campus at Eastern Washington University, the biggest question they’ll face won’t show up on a final exam. Instead, many ask themselves where their next meal will come from, as nearly half the students at Eastern are food insecure.

Thanks to Second Harvest, though, they won’t have to think about that for awhile. The food bank rolled its Mobile Market onto campus Wednesday, with 2,600 pounds of food for about 150 students, like senior Gloria Bravo.

“This is my second time going through. I remember the first time when I got to see the amount of food that they gave us — and it’s a huge variety that they give us,” Bravo said. “It’s great not having to go home and worry about, you know, what am I gonna make for dinner? Where am I gonna get my next meal?”

Bravo and her classmates were able to pick out fresh food, produce, vegetables and non-perishable and perishable foods, thanks to refrigerators installed on the retrofitted STA bus.

“It’s a struggle enough to pay the tuition, books, all the things you have to do, transportation, and food often falls to the bottom of the line there — it’s like, ‘I’ll just eat whatever I can get my hands on,'” said Second Harvest community relations manager Julie Humphreys. “If you’re not meeting that basic need of good nutritious food — you can’t go on and take the next step of studying and doing what you’re trying to do here to get that education.”

4 News Now is partnering with Second Harvest and Yoke’s Fresh Markets for the Season of Giving food drive. You can donate online at Second Harvest’s website, or at the register at Yoke’s. The grocery store will also be offering pre-packaged grocery bags for $5 or $10.