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KXLY, Yoke's team up for Second Harvest Food Drive

Published On: Dec 12 2012 08:57:48 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 12 2012 08:58:50 PM CST

SPOKANE, Wash. -

KXLY 4 and Yoke's are teaming up this week to raise money for Second Harvest Food Bank, which is serving more people than ever before, making the need for donations even greater.

When you don't have access to quality food, your quality of life can drastically change for the worse, making food drives like this critical to so many in our community.

With an apartment full of groceries Barbara Sires can't wait for dinner.

"Actually I put chicken legs in a pot, I have them thawing to prepare for tonight," Sires said.

She picked up the chicken and other pantry staples at her local food bank. At 65 years old Sires is retired, living on social security and savings. With a $700 a month budget she relies on Second Harvest to eat healthy.

"As things get tighter and tighter financially, it really, really makes a difference," she explained.

Second Harvest serves more than 15,000 people every month, which calculates out to about 1.7 million pounds of food.

For clients like Sires sires it's more than potatoes and squash, it's a better quality of life.

"Having a balanced diet increases our health and longevity and ability to do for ourselves, and when people start to lose a good diet, loose ability to take care of themselves," Sires said.

She knows every household budget is tight right now, even so, she hopes people continue to donate what they can.

"When you give to an organization like Second Harvest there are blessings that come about from it. And, the Bible says God blesses those who give and I'm sure he does. So I would like to see more people give if they can," Sires said.

You can donate until December 14 at any area Yoke's Fresh Market; you can also make an online donation here at KXLY.com.