Record-number of volunteers to honor Martin Luther King Jr. with Day of Service fighting hunger at Oregon Food Bank

January 13, 2014
PORTLAND, ORE., January 6, 2014 – On Monday, January 20, 680 volunteers will honor Martin Luther King Jr. with a Day of Service by repacking food and sorting food-drive donations at two Oregon Food Bank facilities.

In answer to Dr. King’s famous call to action – "Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’" – Congress passed this sanctioned Day of Service challenging Americans to transform the King Holiday into a day of citizen action. Volunteers from Bank of America, PacifiCorp, Hands on Greater Portland in partnership with United Way , as well as individuals and families will process over 100,000 pounds of food – equivalent to more than 83,000 meals, and as much as the two facilities process in a regular work week. Oregon Food Bank is also encouraging each volunteer to donate two nutritious, nonperishable food items, with a goal of collecting over 1,000 pounds of food donations – equivalent to more than 830 meals.

Volunteer shifts will take place 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Oregon Food Bank East, 7900 NE 33rd Drive in Portland, and Oregon Food Bank West, 1870 NW 173rd Avenue in Beaverton.

"We are grateful for all the volunteers giving their time in the spirit of service embodied by Dr. King. Together we can make significant strides toward eliminating hunger in Oregon," said Sarah Schirmer, Oregon Food Bank Corporate and Foundation Relations Developer.

"I look forward to this event every year," said Roger Hinshaw, Oregon and southwest Washington market president at Bank of America. "It’s a moving experience to see so many people working side-by-side to honor Dr. King’s legacy. Bank of America is committed to strengthening our community, and by supporting Oregon Food Bank, we’re helping make the connection between our neighbors in need and the resources to address the immediate crisis of hunger so they focus on creating a more financially stable future."

MLK Jr. Day of Service at Oregon Food Bank is presented by Bank of America with funding support from Bank of America and PacifiCorp. Olive Garden will provide hot meals for volunteers at both facilities.

About Oregon Food Bank

With sufficient public will and support of the entire community, we believe it is possible to eliminate hunger and its root causes. Oregon Food Bank collects and distributes food through a network of four Oregon Food Bank branches and 17 independent regional food banks serving Oregon and southwest Washington. The Oregon Food Bank Network helps nearly 1 in 5 households fend off hunger. Oregon Food Bank 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.

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Pat Kaczmarek
Marketing and Communications Manger
Oregon Food Bank