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Second Harvest Food Bank truck arrives in Clarkston for the hungry

Second Harvest Food Bank truck arrives in Clarkston for the hungry
CLARKSTON, WA - Our Savior's Lutheran Church teamed up with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Friday to bring the Second Harvest Food Bank truck to Clarkston.

"It helps out a lot, It helps out all the families in the community it really does," said one recipient.

The food truck distributed boxes upon boxes of food to those in need in the community.

"There's no qualifications for this food at all, anyone can come down," said Member Service Coordinator for Second Harvest Food Bank Ervin Robison.

Robison said Thrivent Financial for Lutherans raised $150 to bring them to the area and the rest of the cost was covered by donors who support the food bank.

"Like the fresh produce we have today apples, potatoes, onions, those all came from the Columbia Basin area in Eastern Washington," said Robison. "And the corn was probably from a local produce company in Spokane. And the beef is supported on some of these events by the Washington Beef Commission."

Hundreds of families came out to Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Clarkston Friday to attend an event that only occurs three times a year. For families in the LC Valley, the free food distribution is something they depend upon.

"You see how many people came out today and so you know it really helps out," said attendee Parrish Cox. "Especially the way times are right now. So it helps out in the community and feeds our family."

Volunteer Kathleen Lauby said she hopes to get the truck out to the community more often.

"I feel really good, really from the heart because I know how many people don't have enough food in the Valley and that is a problem," said Lauby.

Lauby said Second Harvest is expected to return to the Valley sometime in September.

Lauby said the Thrivent Financial Lutheran Group has seen a decrease in the the government funding the group used to receive to help put programs and events such as the free food distribution day.
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