SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane area Safeco® Insurance agents are donating $25,000 to The Salvation Army and Second Harvest Inland Northwest.
The grants, part of a summer campaign Safeco sponsored to support the work of more than 70 independent agents in Spokane, will help meet rapidly increasing demand on The Salvation Army and Second Harvest. These organizations serve hundreds of Inland Northwest families every month.
“Over the past year, we have seen a dramatic rise in need for food assistance,” said Jason Clark, Second Harvest executive director. “Our friends at Safeco and Buck & Affiliates Insurance will get a tremendous return on their investment in our work because thanks to the dedication of many volunteers and food donors, we’re able to transform every dollar that’s donated into four meals for people in need.”
Second Harvest expects the donation made by Safeco and its Spokane-area independent agents will provide more than 100,000 meals.
“We are thankful for the support of the people and companies in our community,” said Capt. Kyle Smith. “We couldn’t do the work we do without them.”
Safeco encourages its local agent partners to be active contributors to the communities they serve. The Agent Giving Program recognizes outstanding local insurance agents and their community commitments. Spokane-area independent agents making donations are:
North Town Insurance, a North Side life, business and property casualty agency, donated $5,000 to The Salvation Army.
Fidelity Associates, a fifth-generation family owned South Hill personal and business insurance and financial services agency, donated $5,000 to The Salvation Army.
Buck & Affiliates, a full-service personal and business insurance agency with North Side and Airway Height locations, donated $5,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank.
Safeco Insurance, which has a large customer service center in Liberty Lake, donated $10,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank.
"Safeco is proud to support its independent agents as they help the neighbors and residents of the communities they serve," said Becky Fann, Safeco’s Northwest Regional General Manager.
Safeco’s Agent Giving Program focuses on agent community involvement in education, health and safety, civic engagement, along with community and economic development initiatives.
About Second Harvest
Second Harvest Inland Northwest has been leading the hunger-relief network in the region since 1971. Second Harvest distributes more than 1 million pounds of donated food each month to help people in more than 26 counties in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. Partnerships with more than 300 neighborhood food banks and meal centers make it possible to feed 48,000 people each week.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, provides youth programs and camps, and offers life skills and parenting classes. Its unique Spokane programs include Sally’s House, an emergency foster care home, and Stepping Stones, a program that targets breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness.
In business since 1923 and based in Seattle, Washington, Safeco sells insurance to drivers and homeowners through a network of independent agents throughout the United States.
Safeco is a Liberty Mutual Insurance company. Liberty Mutual ranks 81st on the Fortune 100 list of the largest U.S. corporations based on 2012 revenue. The company has financial strength ratings of A (Excellent) from the A.M. Best Company, A2 (Good) from Moody’s Investors Service, and A- (Strong) from Standard & Poor’s.
Brenda Mann Harrison