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Largest one-day food drive needs volunteers

April 26, 2013
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NALC 2012 Oregon Food Bank seeks volunteers to help make the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, Saturday, May 11, a  rousing success to benefit people who are hungry in Oregon and southwest Washington.

“This is the largest one-day food drive in the country, quite possibly in the world. Here in Oregon, we really need the help of the entire community to help us collect 1.5 million pounds of food on May 11,” said Maryann Brunner, partner events coordinator, Oregon Food Bank.

In Oregon, more than 4,000 letter carriers in urban and rural areas will join the national effort to pick up food from postal customers. Oregon Food Bank invites you to be part of this very exciting day.
Last year, letter carriers collected close to 1.3 million pounds in Oregon and southwest Washington, which was then distributed throughout the Oregon Food Bank Network of 20 regional food banks and more than 900 partner agencies.

Here’s how you can join this critical effort:

Volunteer at a post office. Greet letter carriers as they return from collecting food from postal customers on their routes. Help unload the food from their vehicles. To sign up, visit www.oregonfoodbank.org/Volunteer/Individuals-and-Families/Events.

Adopt-a-Route. Oregon Food Bank is organizing Adopt-a-Route in the Portland metropolitan area. Well-identified volunteers will follow letter carriers on their postal routes and help pick up food.
“Letter carriers can use our help with the heavy lifting on that day,” said Brunner. “You can be of great assistance to their working day by helping to pick up food donations and to deliver the food to the local post office.”

To sign up, www.oregonfoodbank.org/Volunteer/Individuals-and-Families/Events or call Lindsay Duvall, OFB volunteer scheduling and outreach coordinator, 503-282-0555, Ext. 3393.

Use your professional truck. Are you a professional truck driver with a truck? OFB can use your help. Fill your truck with food donations at the post office and deliver the food donations to Oregon Food Bank. To volunteer, call Alan McNew, OFB transportation manager, 503-282-0555, Ext. 2255.
And, most important, fill a bag of food and place it by your mailbox, Saturday, May 11.  That’s something everyone can do.

About Oregon Food Bank
Oregon Food Bank believes 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 1 in 5 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.
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