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Drive away hunger

November 9, 2012
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Fill the Bag Help build healthy, hunger-free communities
Drop off nutritious, nonperishable food at Jiffy Lube now through Dec. 31, 2012

Jiffy Lube makes it easy.

Fill bag or a box with nutritious, nonperishable food and drop it off at any Jiffy Lube in the Portland, Salem or Vancouver metropolitan areas.

Or donate online at www.oregonfoodbank.org.

Jiffy Lube is presenting sponsor. PODS is supporting sponsor.

For the second year in a row, the OFB Network distributed more than one-million emergency food boxes. More than a third of those accessing emergency food are children. High unemployment, underemployment and the high cost of food, gas, utilities and rent make it difficult for families to cover basic expenses, increasing the need for food assistance.

“Every bag or box of food donated to Oregon Food Bank through this drive makes a huge difference,” said Laura Golino de Lovato, director of development, marketing and communications. “While we know that hunger is an income issue,” Golino de Lovato said, “it’s also a health issue. Empty calorie foods tend to be less expensive than foods with higher nutrition, making nutritious choice less available to people living on low incomes. We encourage you to donate nutritious food items to help us build healthy, hunger-free communities.”

Most wanted foods include:

• Shelf-stable milk,
• Food high in protein such as canned meats (i.e., tuna, chicken, salmon) and canned or dried beans,
• Foods high in nutients, such as canned fruits and vegetables (preferably with reduced sodium and reduced sugar),
• Whole-grain foods such as brown rice, whole grain cereal and whole-wheat pasta,
• Soups, chilies and stews (preferably with reduced sodium and reduced fat),
• 100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed),
• Unsaturated cooking oils,
• And other nutritious, “healthy-choice” foods (preferably with reduced fat, sodium and sugar).

Please, no rusty or unlabeled cans, perishable items, homemade items, noncommercial canned or packaged items, alcoholic beverages, mixes or soda, open or used items.

About Oregon Food Bank
Oregon Food Bank believes that no one should be hungry. With sufficient public will and support of the entire community, we believe it is possible to eliminate hunger and its root causes.

Since 1982, Oregon Food Bank has been leading the fight against hunger in Oregon and southwest Washington by collecting and distributing food through a network of four OFB branches and 16 independent regional food banks.
The OFB Network helps nearly one in five households fend off hunger. OFB also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through advocacy, nutrition education, garden education and helping communities strengthen local food systems.
For more information, visit www.oregonfoodbank.org.