The online fundraiser was held May 18-27 in response to an urgent increase in demand for basic food needs throughout the Columbia Basin due to the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognizing the growing demand for food, the Hanford Prime Contractors and their labor union partners, HAMTC and the Central Washington Building Trades, joined to raise money for Second Harvest through the Hanford Feeding Families Fundraiser.
“The generous and immediate response of Hanford contractor employees and union members will help meet the increased need for food in communities throughout the Columbia Basin and Yakima Valley,” said Jason Clark, president and CEO of Second Harvest. “Amidst the uncertainty that the COVID-19 crisis has brought to our community, the One Hanford team stepped up to help ensure that access to healthy food remains stable for those most affected during these difficult times. Our thanks for giving the gift of food and hope to our neighbors in need.”
“I am extremely grateful to all the contributors and to the Hanford team of contractors for supporting the fundraiser to help feed those in need,” said Peter Bengtson, representative for the team. “Partnering with Second Harvest, especially during these unprecedented times caused by the pandemic, shows us what can be done when we work together to tackle a tangible need in our community.”
The One Hanford organizers set a goal of raising $50,000. Those organizations involved in the fundraising included Amentum, Bechtel, CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company, HPMC Occupational Medical Services, Mission Support Alliance, Washington River Protection Solutions, HAMTC and Central Washington Building Trades.
Those interested in supporting the Hanford Feeding Families Fundraiser can donate at 2-harvest.org/onehanford through June 2.