A total of about 1,200 volunteers in Moscow, Pullman, Colfax, Potlatch, Palouse, Deary, Bovill, and Genesee helped collect food for their local food banks. About 15,000 pounds of food was collected in Moscow, and the food was donated to the Trinity Moscow Food Pantry.
"This is huge because right now, all of our non-perishable shelves are empty and we see about a hundred, 120 families a week," said Trinity Moscow Food Pantry Coordinator Bev Bafus.
Pullman collected another 15,000 pounds of food, and the other 6,000 was collected in the smaller communities. Palouse Cares also collected about $25,000 dollars through the silent auctions. 36,000 pounds may sound like a lot of food, but Palouse Cares organizers would like to remind community members that the food collected on Saturday will only keep the pantries stocked for about a month, and they are in need of contributions year round.