Great news for the Yakima Valley, as Northwest Harvest has announced plans to construct a new distribution center and free grocery store in the Yakima Valley.

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According to a press release from Northwest Harvest:

The new facility will become the main hub for the distribution of fresh, culturally-relevant, nutritious food to all 39 counties in Washington, free of charge, and enable Northwest Harvest and its network of food bank, meal program, and school-based partners to achieve our vision of ending hunger.

The center will allow increased access to food across the state and will create at least 40 new, permanent jobs.

Northwest Harvest CEO Thomas Reynolds added, “When it comes to wealth, food, and possibility—Washington state’s bounty is abundant. Our state is home to the farmlands, orchards, growers, and workers who help feed so much of the country and world. And yet today, 1 in 4 families are facing difficulty making ends meet. Hunger is not just a symptom of poverty, it’s an unacceptable symptom of inequity. The COVID-19 pandemic made that reality even more prevalent and difficult to overcome. As thousands across our state lost jobs, savings, and stability—food insecurity became the reality for more people for the first time, while those already facing it were pushed deeper into poverty.

The statistics are unbelievable. Currently, 1 in 10 Washingtonians struggles with hunger, while 1 in 8 lives below the poverty level.

Northwest Harvest purchased a former drive-in movie site in Yakima, which is 10.5 acres. On that land, the new distribution center and free grocery store will be built, with construction expected to be finished by late 2022.

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