An organization that helps fill the shelves of local food banks is about to announce a major investment in Yakima. Officials from Northwest Harvest say they'll hold a press conference in Yakima Wednesday to announce a major investment, new jobs in the City of Yakima in Yakima County and expanded food access across the state of Washington. A press release says the announcement will be made at 1819 Fruitvale Blvd. Thomas Reynolds the CEO of Northwest Harvest will talk to reporters next Wednesday about the plan of which no details have been released other than that it will be a major investment in the Yakima area. Reynolds will be joined by Derek Sandison , Washington State Department of Agriculture Director, Carmen Mendez , Northwest Harvest Sr. Manager, Hunger Response Network & Distribution and Esther Magasis, Yakima County Director of Human Services.
Northwest Harvest has for many years helped feed the hungry in Yakima by working with more than 7 area food banks to stock the shelves and feed people. But its not just Yakima where Northwest Harvest makes a big impact. The organization supports a statewide network of 375 food banks, meal programs and what they call high need schools.Northwest Harvest however doesn't help the Yakima Union Gospel Mission because of the hiring practices at the mission.

It does help more than 50 organizations in the Yakima area that help feed the homeless. The Yakima Union Gospel Mission relies on donations from the public to help feed the hundreds of needy people they see everyday. If you would like to help the mission check the website at yugm.org.

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