Portland, Oregon – July 30, 2014 – Oregon Food Bank received $10,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE:UPS). The grant will be used toward general operating costs of the volunteer program.
Last fiscal year volunteers donated 148,500 hours of service to Oregon Food Bank. Oregon Food Bank supplies every volunteer with the necessary food safety gear and the grant from The UPS Foundation will help us keep the food safe and the volunteers protected.
"It is so lovely when a company is able to support their employee efforts and enrich the relationship with Oregon Food Bank through a financial contribution,” said Sarah Schirmer, Corporate and Foundation Relations Developer for Oregon Food Bank.
Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: nonprofit effectiveness, encouraging diversity, community safety and environmental sustainability.
In 2011, The UPS Foundation distributed more than $45.3 million worldwide through grants that benefit organizations or programs such Oregon Food Bank and provide support for building stronger communities.
"The UPS Foundation is honored to support Oregon Food Bank's efforts to end hunger and its root causes,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. "Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”
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 Clark County, 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. For more information visit oregonfoodbank.org.