Second Harvest’s mobile market sees massive turnout

SPOKANE, Wash. — Second Harvest’s food distribution site saw incredibly long lines on Saturday. 

People began gathering as early as 9 a.m. at the distribution, located at 1234 E Front Ave. 

In the span of just little over an hour, the non-profit provided free food to over 100 cars. 

“We’re really stunned by the response, but maybe we shouldn’t be because it really is indicative of the need we’re hearing about here in Spokane and really throughout the Inland Northwest right now,” said Kathy Hedgcock, the vice president of philanthropy of Second Harvest.

Dorothy Denison and her son Michael waited in line for over an hour to finally get the help they needed.

“I had seen pictures on the news about California and the lines. I didn’t think Spokane would be – it just goes to show you everybody’s hungry and they’re doing a good job,” Dorothy said.

All thanks to the National Guard and some volunteers, operations went smoothly.

“It’s great. It’s a team effort and good to see,” Michael said.

Since March 1, Second Harvest says it’s given away about 5 million pounds of food.

“We wouldn’t be expecting to see that much for a few months,” Hedgcock said.

But they did, in just a matter of weeks.

According to the organization, the distribution lasted an hour longer than expected. By the time it wrapped up, they had given out food to 443 cars and roughly 2,000 people.

They estimate that amount is enough to feed some 700 families.

This event was one of many mobile markets put on by Second Harvest. The next distribution will take place on Monday in Post Falls. CLICK HERE to see a full list.

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