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Volunteers stand ready to hand out over four tons of food Sept. 28 outside Zion Lutheran Church in Grand Coulee. - submitted photo

Tons of food, including potatoes, lettuce, apples, baby carrots and fresh squash, plus frozen ground beef and more were distributed, Sept. 28 to 150 Grand Coulee area households in need of food assistance.

Thirty-three volunteers donated their time to unload, repackage, and distribute 8,983 pounds of donated food items brought to the area by Second Harvest of the Inland Northwest, of Spokane.

Sponsored by Microsoft Datacenter Operations in Quincy, Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union, American Legion Post 157, Thrivent Financial Services, and Grand Coulee Care & Share Food Bank, the event was hosted by Zion Lutheran Church in Grand Coulee.

Volunteers also pitched in from Washington State University Grant/Adams SNAP Education Program, and Microsoft Datacenter Operations (Quincy), all assisted by many generous local community members from Grand Coulee, Coulee Dam, Electric City, Marysville, Wenatchee, Elmer City, Ephrata, Moses Lake, and Spokane.

Donated foods delivered by Second Harvest come from generous growers, packers, distributors, wholesalers, brokers and retailers, along with several very generous industry association groups.

Financial support for Second Harvest comes from hundreds of small, medium and large local, regional, and national organizations, businesses and individuals.

The next Microsoft-sponsored Second Harvest Mobile Food Bank free food distribution is scheduled for Oct. 26 in the Umpqua Bank parking lot in Coulee City starting at noon. (Volunteers are asked to arrive at 11:00 a.m. to prepare.)

Volunteers and those interested in helping sponsor this event are asked to contact Jack Eaton at Microsoft (509-787-6352 or

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