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November 12, 2012
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Pioneer Courthouse Square events

Donate nonperishable food at holiday events at the Square
Text to donate $10 to feed families and warm hearts

For the first time in its history, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland’s living room, is partnering with Oregon Food Bank during the 2012 holiday season to help fight hunger, announced Bob Buchanan, Pioneer Courthouse Square trustee.

You can make a difference two ways:

1) Participate in the Square’s new mobile giving campaign to help fight hunger. To donate $10 to Oregon Food Bank, just text OFB to the number 20222 now through Dec. 31, 2012.

2) Donate nonperishable food at designated barrels when you attend the Tree Lighting Ceremony, Nov. 23, and the Tuba Christmas Concert, Dec. 8.

“Your generosity can help feed families and warm hearts this holiday season,” said Buchanan.

All proceeds will benefit Oregon Food Bank’s mission: to eliminate hunger and its root causes … because no one should be hungry.

For the second year in a row, the statewide Oregon Food Bank Network distributed more than one-million emergency food boxes. More than a third of those accessing emergency food are children. In fact, Oregon has one of the highest rates of childhood food insecurity in the nation.

“Every text and every food item donated to Oregon Food Bank through this partnership makes a huge difference,” said Laura Golino de Lovato, director of development, marketing and communications.

“We encourage you to donate nutritious food items to help us build healthy, hunger-free communities,” said Golino de Lovato. While we know that hunger is an income issue, 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.”

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 nutrients, 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 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.thesquarepdx.org or www.oregonfoodbank.org.

About the Mobile Giving “Text-to-Give” campaign.  A one-time donation of $10 will be added to our mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. All donations must be authorized by the account holder. User must be age 18 or older or have parental permission to participate. By texting YES, the user agrees to the terms and conditions. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on most carriers. Donations are collected for the benefit of Oregon Food Bank by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at www.hmgf.org/t. Message and Data Rates May Apply. You can unsubscribe at any time by texting STOP to short code “OFB.” Text HELP to enter “OFB” for help.

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