Who Gets the Produce?
The Tri-City area of eastern Washington has a population of about 250,000 people. Did you know that about 27,000 people in our area seek food at a local food bank every month? Nearly half of those afflicted with hunger and food insecurity are children. Fresh produce is often the hardest item to deliver effectively to food banks. With increasing fuel costs and more efficient harvesting techniques, fresh produce is often lacking as an alternative at the food banks. With Second Harvest’s help, Fields of Grace provides a way to deliver nutritional produce to local food banks.
Once the Fields of Grace volunteers harvest the produce, Second Harvest Tri-Cities stores and distributes the produce to area food banks. The majority of the gleaned produce remains in Franklin and Benton Counties in Washington. If the local food bank needs are met, the produce is distributed beyond these local areas to food banks in the Mid-Columbia area.