A LOOK BACK AT 2020
This past year has posed so many challenges to our neighbors in Spokane County and beyond.
At SNAP, we have been fortunate to receive generosity from donors, community members, and funding agencies that has enabled us to help more neighbors than the year before. It has been our honor to be trusted stewards of these dollars to invest in our community.
If you’d still like to support SNAP this year, it’s not too late! You can donate HERE.
Let’s take a look back at some of our bright spots over the year- made possible thanks to support from neighbors like you.
– JANUARY –
GLUCOSE REVIVAL PARTNERS WITH SNAP TO OFFER GLUCOSE GEL NECKLACES FOR MEDICAL EMERGENCIES
Spokane-based, SNAP-supported startup Glucose Revival has partnered with SNAP to provide glucose gel necklaces for the organization’s medical transportation system.
– FEBRUARY –
AGE OF SERVICE: EDITH MCNINCH, 91, VOLUNTEERS WITH OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM TO HELP SENIOR CITIZENS
For 16 years, Edith McNinch has worked with SNAP’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, visiting residents at Parkview Senior Living Center twice a week to advocate and hear their stories and concerns.
– MARCH –
SNAP STEPS UP IN PINCH TO FEED COOPER ELEMENTARY SCHOOLCHILDREN
When COVID-19 hit our region and in-person schooling shut down, SNAP utilized affordable housing property, Riverwalk Apartments, as a central site to feet students at Cooper Elementary who rely on free or reduced lunch provided by their school.
– APRIL –
CITY OF SPOKANE BEGINS UTILITY BILL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY CORONAVIRUS
The City of Spokane partnered with Project Share, and U-Help to expand SNAP’s energy assistance to include emergency assistance with city utility bills – and they created a public donation campaign where each dollar donated by citizens was matched by Avista and the City of Spokane up to $50,000.
– MAY –
SNAP COLLABORATES TO ADDRESS FOOD, SHELTER, MEDICAL AND FINANCIAL NEEDS
During the coronavirus outbreak, SNAP coordinated efforts to provide food, shelter, medical and financial services to individuals served through SNAP’s Homeless Outreach programs.
– JUNE –
COMPETITION LED BY SPOKANE TEACHERS RAISES MORE THAN $20,000 FOR SNAP SPOKANE
Throughout May, Spokane County educators raised money for SNAP Spokane through a fundraiser called Keep the Lights On. The competition ended in June, resulting in the group raising more than $20,000.
– JULY –
LOCAL NON-PROFITS WORK TO KEEP UP WITH GROWING DEMAND
SNAP, along with other nonprofits, adapted and worked to keep up with the increasing demand created through the coronavirus pandemic. More families began reaching out, directly impacted by a positive coronavirus diagnosis.
– AUGUST –
HOW LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS RALLIED TO PUT TOGETHER A STREET MEDICINE TEAM WHEN THE PANDEMIC HIT
SNAP partnered with WSU’s College of Medicine, CHAS, Jewel’s Helping Hands, SRHD, and other service providers to add medical services to homeless outreach to provide needed medical care to unhoused clients. In the process, they provided COVID-19 testing to help reduce spread among the homeless community.
– SEPTEMBER –
NEW RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE LIVING IN SPOKANE VALLEY
The City of Spokane Valley received about $1 million for rental and utility assistance. SNAP was able to use the money can help families with up to four months of rent or mortgage payments.
– OCTOBER –
SPOKANE COUNTY CONTRACTS WITH SNAP FOR $5.9 MILLION IN RENTAL ASSISTANCE
Spokane County Commissioners unanimously voted to award a $5.9 million contract for rental assistance to Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners on Tuesday to prevent evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tenants will be able to get up to three months of rental assistance through the program.
Director of Community Action for SNAP Carol Weltz said need for rental assistance has continued to grow during the pandemic.
– NOVEMBER –
‘WE WORKED SO HARD’: SPOKANE VALLEY FAMILY TAKES ADVANTAGE OF NEW RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Learn how one family benefitted from SNAP’s new rental assistance program. After receiving a $3 million grant for rental assistance, SNAP was able to help more neighbors struggling to make ends meet amid the coronavirus pandemic.
– DECEMBER –
U.S. BANK AWARDS $25,760 GRANT TO SNAP FOR FORECLOSURE PREVENTION
U.S. Bank has awarded SNAP a $25,760 grant that will assist with foreclosure prevention for Eastern Washington homeowners during the coronavirus pandemic.
The U.S. Bank grant allows SNAP to continue offering housing counseling services with an emphasis on foreclosure prevention and lending to clients who have used loans from the organization.
You played a part in allowing us to make the best of 2020 to serve more neighbors who faced unprecedent crises. If you would like to contribute to allow us to end our year strong, you may do so below: