Mobile Food Bank to Help Yakima Valley Residents

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Second Harvest

Yakima Valley residents who struggle with hunger will have access to free fresh produce and perishable food at a Second Harvest Mobile Food Bank distribution.

It will be held on September 20 from noon till 2 p.m. at the Sunnyside ACS Food Bank, located at 1875 E. Lincoln Ave.

Clients in need will also receive half gallons of Darigold 2% milk that Mid-Columbia Basin dairy farmers donate through their Dairy for Life program.

Some of the local dairy farmers who support Dairy for Life will be volunteering at the event.

Jason Luke Clark, president and CEO of Second Harvest, said the milk is a welcome addition for Columbia Basin households in need.

“The support from the local dairy producers means so much to Second Harvest and the hungry people who need our help,” Clark said.

Requests for emergency food have increased by 60 percent during the past five years as many households lost their financial stability due to the recent recession.

The mobile food bank goes where the need is – making about 150 stops a year in high-poverty communities, neighborhoods and schools.  

The Friday distribution is open to the public based on declared need and no appointment or documentation is necessary to participate.

People who are disabled, homebound or working can have a friend or family member pick up food if they provide a note granting permission that includes their name and contact information.

Participants are asked to bring their own boxes, if possible. Clients can learn more about the distribution by calling the Sunnyside ACS Food Bank at (509) 837-9679.