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Posted on Jan 20, 2016

Mobile food bank to return to Quincy

Staff report
Local businesses, organizations and volunteers are coming together to provide a mobile food bank on Jan. 27 in Quincy.
The mobile food bank is the first of 10 planned throughout Grant County this year. The second is being planned for February in Moses Lake.
Microsoft Data Center Operations in Quincy and Second Harvest Food Bank of the Inland Northwest initiated the project. Joining them as co-sponsors of the Quincy event are Yahoo, Serve Quincy Valley, the Quincy Community Food Bank, St. Paul Lutheran Church and Thrivent Financial.
The Jan. 27 event follows a mobile food bank that was held in October in Quincy. That food distribution event gave away 8,000 pounds of food to about 200 local households, said Jack Eaton, project manager for Microsoft Data Center Operations. Some 30 volunteers also helped out, Eaton said.
The Jan. 27 mobile food bank is noon to 2 p.m. at the Iglesia Metodistra Libre “El Jardin” de Quincy, 815 2nd Ave. S.W. (in the former Chinook Lumber building).
Households in the greater Quincy area needing food assistance are invited. Each household will receive about 50 pounds of produce and packaged foods.
Microsoft is inviting other local businesses, organizations and individuals to co-sponsor the Quincy event as well as mobile food banks that will be held later in the year in Moses Lake, the Ephrata-Soap Lake area and other local communities.
Donations should be directed to Melissa Cloninger, director of donor relations, at Second Harvest of the Inland Northwest in Spokane, 534-6678.
Organizers also need about 20 volunteers to assist with food distribution starting at 11 a.m. Volunteers can contact Jack Eaton at Microsoft at 387-7059 to sign up.

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