Portland Feed the Hungry This Weekend

Have you felt called to help the hungry but didn’t know where to do it? If you live in the Portland, Oregon area -here’s your chance! The Portland Police Sunshine Division is asking for volunteers this weekend to feed the hungry – so bring a friend and come on out.

The Portland Police Sunshine Division is in critical need of volunteers for this Saturday’s food box delivery. On Saturday, June 22, 2013, at 9 a.m. the Sunshine Division, Portland Police Officers and community volunteers will deliver 1,000 food boxes to Portland area families as part of the Sunshine Division’s 2nd Annual Hunger Doesn’t Vacation program. The Sunshine Division needs 200 volunteer drivers to help personally deliver food boxes to local homes. Drivers can take as little or as many boxes as they want. Delivery will begin at 9am sharp at either the Sunshine Division Warehouse at 687 N. Thompson or North Precinct, located at 449 N.E. Emerson, delivery typically concludes by noon. Those interested in volunteering, should email Kris Padden volunteer coordinator with the Sunshine Division at kris@sunshinedivision.org or call 503-823-2176.

The Hunger Doesn’t Vacation program is a partnership between the Sunshine Division, BedMart, Les Schwab Tire Centers, and New Seasons Markets, working together to highlight the widespread issue of childhood hunger in our community while raising food and funds to combat this harsh reality. Locally, in Portland Public Schools nearly 50% of children receive free or reduced lunch and breakfast annually. Many of these children will not have access to these food programs in July and August so the need for food significantly increases for many low-income families with children during the summertime.

To make a contribution to the Hunger Doesn’t Vacation program you can visit: www.razoo.com or beginning Monday May 27th, BedMart and New Seasons Markets will be raising funds for the campaign in their Portland metro locations.

The Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division has been providing emergency food and clothing relief to Portland families and individuals in need since 1923. “Whether due to the loss of a job, domestic crime, illness, or victims of fire or disaster, the Sunshine Division has built a 90-year legacy of mobilizing quickly and efficiently to assist distressed Portlanders.”  What a blessing they are to those in need. Offering emergency food assistance six whole days per week out of their warehouse and  “24/7 through their partnership with the Portland Police Bureau who store food boxes at each police precinct that can be dispatched to those in need at any time.”  In addition to food relief those in need can also obtain new and gently used clothing.

Once again, if you have time this weekend and are in the Portland area, please come and volunteer to feed the hungry and help serve those in need.  Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Reported by: Stasia Bliss

Sources: Portland Police Dept Press Release

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