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Volunteers honor Martin Luther King Jr. at OFB

January 21, 2013
MLK Day event Presented by Bank of America

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?"

– The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Oregon Food Bank's two Portland-area locations hosted 616 volunteers for a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. In a single day, volunteers repacked 123,000 pounds of food, the equivalent of 102,514 meals - more food than is typically processed at Oregon Food Bank in an entire work-week!

Volunteers repacked green lentils, oranges, potatoes, oats and frozen broccoli, in addition to sorting and inspecting food drive donations. The food will be distributed to hunger-relief agencies where it will be provided to hungry families.

Bank of America generously donated $20,000 to purchase food and supplies and to enable OFB to stay open on a scheduled holiday. And Olive Garden provided hot meals for volunteers at both facilities.

In addition to donating time, volunteers donated 1,117 pounds of food to Oregon Food Bank.

Huge thanks to those who volunteered, including OFB Board Chair Arnie Gardner; Bank of America employees; PacifiCorp; Hands on Greater Portland in partnership with United Way; Beery, Elsner & Hammond, LLP; Bullard Law; Molalla High School National Honor Society; Sabin Elementary School students; Girl School Troop #42438; Laurelhurst Service Club; PSU Public Administration Student Association; and other families and individuals. At Oregon Food Bank West: Bank of America employees, Hands on Greater Portland in partnership with United Way, PacifiCorp, Southridge High School National Honor Society, Pacific University and others.