March 12, 2020

In coordination with government agencies and Feeding America, Second Harvest is actively monitoring developments related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and taking proactive measures to protect the health and well-being of our partners, clients, volunteers and staff. We take our role serving vulnerable people seriously and we are committed to our mission to get nutritious food to all children, families and seniors who need it.

We are taking a preventative approach to minimize risk to all those we serve and our employees. We are following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Feeding America and regional health organizations throughout our service territory. We are taking several additional steps, out of an abundance of caution, to protect the health and safety of our community partners while continuing to serve the food needs of our communities in the 21 counties of Eastern Washington and 5 of North Idaho:

  • Increased sanitization of high-touch surfaces throughout our facilities and fleet.
  • Increased sanitization and glove use procedures for our Mobile Market volunteers.
  • Activation of our business continuity plan and emergency response preparedness team.
  • Reinforcing our sanitation standards by reminding volunteers to wash their hands with soap and hot water frequently and to change the gloves we provide as often as necessary.

At this time, we are maintaining staffing for all business functions and will remain open as much as possible in order to provide food to the communities we serve. We are actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will send out updates as necessary.


Second Harvest needs volunteers to pack food for our neighbors who do not have reserves in the event in there is a need.

The health and safety of partners, staff and the community are Second Harvest’s number-one priority. We have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting, especially around high-touch areas.

For more information regarding volunteering, visit here