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OFB seeks committed Fresh Alliance volunteers

January 10, 2013
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Fresh Alliance Oregon Food Bank seeks individuals willing to commit to a regular, weekly, afternoon shift to help OFB’s growing Fresh Alliance program be a rousing success.

Fresh Alliance is a partnership between Oregon Food Bank and local grocery stores. Every week day, OFB truck drivers collect perishable food donations (the kind of nutritious food you find in the refrigerated section of your grocery stores) from retailers. As soon as the food arrives at OFB, volunteers quickly inspect, sort and repackage the food. It’s then ready for hunger-relief agencies to pick up the very next morning.

 “The exciting news is this program is growing by leaps and bounds,” says Jeff Horne, OFB’s volunteer services manager. “We’re receiving more food donations from retailers than ever before. But that means we need additional volunteers to process the food for distribution. We especially need volunteers at OFB’s facility in northeast Portland (7900 N.E. 33rd).” 

“It’s a friendly environment,” says Mary Davis, a Fresh Alliance volunteer. “And you know you are doing something worthwhile that’s good for the community.”

Fresh Alliance shifts are available 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Fresh Alliance volunteers work in a temperature-controlled (50 degree) room and must be

• 16 years old or older,
• Able to lift 25 pounds and
• Willing to commit to a weekly shift for an ongoing period.

To volunteer, register for a Fresh Alliance shift at www.oregonfoodbank.org/volunteer.

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 Clark County, Wash., 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.