Helping the hungry

Helping the hungry
COLFAX - A 24-foot refrigerated truck loaded with fresh produce rolled into Colfax Thursday to help those in need.

The Whitman County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and the Second Harvest Food Bank teamed up to sponsor the free food distribution.

About four tons of food was handed out, including fresh produce, frozen and perishable items and some shelf staple goods.

"Rural hunger is definitely an issue in Eastern Washington," said Drew Meuer, Member Services Coordinator for Second Harvest Food Bank. "We have a relatively low population density. There's an awful lot of need here. I mean, you can see from the line that, you know, people are working but it isn't enough. Cost of living is rising. So where there's a need, we try to be there."

The Thrivent Homegrown Help Truck was able to carry enough food to feed 250 families. Meuer said they're planning another free food distribution next year.

"We live in the most advanced country on earth and there is absolutely no reason that, in a country that's been so productive, that people should go hungry," said Meuer. "It's absolutely imperative that people are eating every day."