Volunteers at Second Harvest bag thousands of meals for children in need

Volunteers at Second Harvest bag thousands of meals for children in need

Spirits were high and hands were flying on Saturday afternoon, as hundreds of Spokane volunteers sorted and packed 16,000 meal kits for Spokane and Steven’s county elementary school children in need.

Second Harvest’s Bite2go program serves 70 elementary schools and provides weekend meals to over 4,000 students each week. The program supplements the free and reduced meal programs run during the week.

“It feels really meaningful to take off work and give back to the kids,” said volunteer Nicole Salle.

Bags contained food items like granola bars, cereal, canned soups, canned vegetables, meat sticks and milk.

Among the volunteers today, there were a number of school counselors and administrators, who see the direct impact the food being bagged has on the kids.

“To be able to have the food over the weekend, its a relief to them and their families,” said school counselor Grant Caldwell, who’s school has over 100 students reliant on the Bite2go program. He says when the food is distributed out to them before the weekend, kids are excited.

Chris Sloan, the director of the Bite2go program says the food packed today will last a month and can make a lifelong impact on the kids.

“Now they have something that they can anticipate and that they can look forward to that is good and positive in their life,” said Sloan.