Press Release – Spokane Movers have Delivered 13,000 Meals to Local Food Bank

Spokane Moving Company has Delivered 13,000 Meals to Local Food Bank

Bekins Northwest honored by Move for Hunger, a national non-profit organization

Bekins Northwest Movers and Office Staff

SPOKANE, WABekins Northwest of Spokane, has been recognized by Move For Hunger, a national non-profit organization, for delivering more than 15,000 pounds of food – enough to provide nearly 13,000 meals – to local food banks.

People tend to throw a lot of “stuff” away when they move, including perfectly good food. As part of Move For Hunger’s national network of relocation professionals, Bekins Northwest provides their customers with the opportunity to donate unopened, non-perishable food during the moving process and volunteers to deliver the donations to the local food bank, free of charge.

There are 750 moving companies across the United States and Canada that are members of the Move For Hunger network, but Bekins Northwest is one of just 96 that have rescued more than 10,000 meals.

“Bekins Northwest has been an amazing ally in our fight to end hunger,” said Adam Lowy, Executive Director of Move For Hunger. “We are so proud of the work they are doing to help people who are struggling with food insecurity in the communities they serve.”

“Bekins Northwest has had a long term relationship in support of Move for Hunger.  Their organization has shown a commitment to the community and they continue to champion the cause, to feed those in need,” said Rob Schmidt, VP of Sales and Marketing. “We are extremely proud of the efforts by our Spokane team to reach this milestone!”

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Move For Hunger is a non-profit organization that mobilizes the relocation industry to fight hunger and reduce food waste. In addition to collecting food from people who are moving to new homes, Move For Hunger helps companies and individuals across the United States and Canada organize successful food drives. To date, they have collected nearly 9 million pounds of food. For more information, or to find out how you can host your own food drive, visit www.MoveForHunger.org.

Bekins Northwest based in Tacoma, Washington, is a leading provider in comprehensive relocation and storage services in Washington State. The company provides services related to moving, packing, storage, as well as furniture installation and disposition. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout the Northwest, including the Seattle Seahawks and the state of Washington. Bekins Northwest has branch locations in SeattleLakewoodTacomaFederal WayOlympiaMoses LakeYakimaRichland, Walla WallaTukwila, and Spokane, Washington. To learn more about Bekins Northwest visit www.BekinsMovingandStorage.com.

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 PRESS CONTACT:
Dan Beam, Communications Manager
Move For Hunger
dan@moveforhunger.org | (732) 774-0521

Sommer Valles, Marketing Coordinator
Bekins Northwest
marketing@olympicmovers.net | (877) 547-7174

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Moving? Consider the Appeal of the Tri-Cities

Moving? Consider the Appeal of the Tri-Cities

Relocating is a major decision, especially if you’re uprooting a family. As a parent, you likely consider more factors than a typical home shopper, including the community’s safety, quality of schools, possible outdoor activities and access to green spaces. Then, you still need to hunt for the desired home features.

To help narrow your search, consider the three family-friendly communities of Richland, Kennewick and Pasco. These neighboring cities are known as the Tri-Cities and unite at the convergence of the Columbia, Yakima and Snake rivers. The region is excellent for water sports and activities like paddle boarding, boating or floating. In addition, you can find parks along the rivers’ edge and numerous hiking and biking trails. Despite their combined population of around 200,000, the Tri-Cities feel quintessentially suburban. Plus, the communities are significantly safer than other nearby cities like Ellensburg or Yakima.

In addition to offering the family must-haves of safety and recreation, the real estate markets across the three cities are currently at peak health. Median home values have increased dramatically since July 2014, and they are predicted to climb further throughout the next year. If you’re interested in moving to the Tri-Cities and think you’ll stay for at least two years, it’s more cost effective to buy a home than rent.

The median listing prices for homes throughout the Tri-Cities range from $269,000 to $340,000, making a standard 20 percent down payment $53,000 to $68,000. Coupled with a bit of help from professional movers, you can budget a relocation to please the entire family.

Richland

Richland is the northernmost of the Tri-Cities and the priciest of the three. The median home value is $296,600, with homes currently on the market listed at a median price of $340,000. Although it’s more expensive than Kennewick or Pasco, the area has strong appeal. In fact, Kiplinger named Richland the second-best city nationwide to raise a family. The community offers multiple outdoor attractions such as Howard Amon Park, Badger Mountain Centennial Preserve and Badger Mountain Park.

Additionally, Richland High School and White Bluffs Elementary School are both rated 9 out of 10 by GreatSchools. If you were to purchase a home in Richland, you could expect it to appreciate 5.6 percent throughout the next year.

Kennewick

Situated just south of Richland along the Columbia River is Kennewick. Even if you’re not familiar with the area, you may know it as the discovery site of one of the most complete ancient human skeletons ever found, the Kennewick Man. Homes here experienced an incredible 10.8 percent appreciation rate across the last 12 months, and they are anticipated to rise another 5.5 percent during the next year. Even with all that growth, the median home value is still approximately $35,000 lower than Richland at $261,400. If you’re thinking of buying, the median listing price for homes in Kennewick is $269,000.

Nearby attractions include the Sacagawea Heritage Trail Loop which passes through all three area cities, the Playground of Dreams, Columbia Center Mall and Toyota Center, a venue for sporting events and concerts. Additionally, three Kennewick elementary schools top the GreatSchools charts: Ridge View Elementary, Lincoln Elementary and Ruth Livingston Elementary all rated 8.

Pasco

East of Kennewick and Richland and across the Columbia River is the city of Pasco. The median home value is $196,000, about $65,000 less than in Kennewick, despite high appreciation of 10.3 percent last year. However, the homes on the market in Pasco are listed at a median price of $269,000, identical to Kennewick. Homeowners in Pasco can expect an additional 5.4 percent increase in value within the next 12 months.

The top-rated schools in Pasco include two elementary options, Ruth Livingston Elementary (rated 8) and Cascade Elementary (rated 7). Beyond housing and schooling, you’ll find outdoor entertainment at Sacajawea State Park and Wade Park along the Columbia River, and on rainy days you might enjoy the Franklin County Historical Museum.

If a move is on your horizon, check out the Tri-Cities. It may be the perfect place for you and your family to call home.

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Jason Nurmi
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Jason Nurmi works at Zillow, the leading real estate and rental marketplace, where he writes about real estate and finances.

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