YMCA Gives Back: 2nd Harvest
At the YMCA, social responsibility is one of our 3 areas of focus. This past June, 26 volunteers, including 18 YMCA staff and family spent a day working with 2nd Harvest. Volunteers divided and sorted through large crates of apples and corn, preparing boxes for distribution across 2nd Harvest’s network of 250 food banks and meal centers.
Volunteers inspected produce to ensure that those who utilize 2nd Harvest as a resource receive quality food. Volunteers sorted 9,525 pounds of apples and corn. That translates to 7,937 meals for the hungry and under-served in the Spokane community.
2nd Harvest has been the region’s leading hunger relief network since 1971. They help feed 55,000 people each week, providing 2 million pounds of food every month to people in 26 counties across Eastern Washington and North Idaho.
The volunteers had a great time. Some of the younger kids who were there found it easier and often enjoyed climbing in and amongst the crates to sort food. Volunteering is a great thing to do individually, or with friends and family. New connections can be made, and meaningful relationships established. Often too, volunteering can be a fun, rewarding way to spend a day.
2nd Harvest does a great service for this community and the YMCA has been a part of my family since I was 4 years old, I was proud to be able to give some of my time to two great organizations. The process made me aware of just how important both of these associations are to our city and how fortunate we are to have them!!
Bailyn Piecewicz, Volunteer