PASCO, Wash. — Hayden Homes surprised Second Harvest with a $25,000 donation in support of their mission of bringing community resources together to feed people in need through empowerment, education and partnership. In addition, the funds will support Second Harvest’s strategic organizational initiatives to provide healthy food healthy food to those in need through partner food pantries and meal programs.
“We recognize that many in our own community lack access to the basic need of food and are facing hunger every day,” said Rees Wasney, Regional Director at Hayden Homes. “Given the Coronavirus pandemic, we realize that many non-profit organizations are finding it more difficult to raise funds as well as meet the current needs of the community. We believe it’s important to support local organizations, like Second Harvest, that help us build a stronger community, together.”
Second Harvest has been leading the hunger-relief network in the region since 1971. Second Harvest distributes over 2 million pounds of free food each month to help people in need in 26 counties in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Partnerships with more than 250 neighborhood food banks and meal centers make it possible to feed 55,000 people each week.
“We are so grateful for this generous contribution from Hayden Homes and First Story, their philanthropic arm,” said Jason Clark, President and CEO of Second Harvest. “Since the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded in March, Second Harvest has gone from providing food for 70,000 meals to more than 130,000 meals each day in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Our friends at Hayden Homes and First Story have been longtime supporters of our efforts provide healthy food, both with financial contributions and volunteering, especially at our Pasco distribution Center. They truly make a difference in our communities.”
About Hayden Homes
Established in Redmond, Oregon in 1989, Hayden Homes has provided over 17,000 new homes to price conscious, value-driven homebuyers in underserved, secondary markets throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Hayden Homes continues to be the largest privately-owned new home builder in the Pacific Northwest.
Hayden Homes exists to Give As You Go™, so together we build a strong community, and lead fulfilled lives. Hayden Homes has contributed 3.25 billion dollars to local economies and has created more than 69,000 jobs since the company’s inception. Hayden Homes supports philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build and have contributed more than 24.2 million dollars in charitable donations with the flagship of their giving through the 501(c)(3) Non-Profit, First Story. To date, First Story has provided over 80 deserving and capable families throughout the Pacific Northwest with a safe, healthy affordable home and a first step toward financial freedom. The Hayden Homes brand family of companies includes Simplicity by Hayden Homes, Wise Size Homes and Hayden Homes, all providing an unparalleled selection of opportunities for those looking to purchase a new home.