KENNEWICK – In honor of National Hunger Action Month in September, the Benton Franklin Fair donated $2,132 to Second Harvest Tri-Cities. Those dollars will help provide 9,530 meals for those in need in the community.
Over the past 14 years, the Fair has donated the equivalent of 130,000 pounds of food to the organization.
“The Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo are longstanding partners in the fight against hunger,” said Drew Meuer, Chief of Staff for Second Harvest. “We are thankful for this timely gift as we are still experiencing significant demand and higher costs due to inflation, fuel prices, and supply chain disruption.”
The Fair donates $2 from each adult admission ticket sold on opening day.
The Fair Board sees the partnership with 2nd Harvest as a natural fit given the event’s agricultural roots.
“Our roots in agriculture make combating food insecurity a natural extension of our mission,” said Duane Howard, fair board president. “The Fair partners with charities and programs year-round that add value to our community, developing long-term relationships that make a difference.”
Editors: Attached photo (L) Jean Tucker, Philanthropy Manager for Second Harvest. (R) Shanna Hauger, Marketing Director for the Benton Franklin Fair.