Annual community-wide food drive to celebrate its 10th anniversary Oct. 13

Despite experiencing a lean year in 2012, the annual Feed the Need community food drive pushed its grand total of donations more than 120,000 pounds.

Organizers are hoping that when they collect donations from doorsteps and patios across Newberg and Dundee Oct. 13, there will be even more cause to celebrate than the event’s 10th anniversary. by: GARY ALLEN - Feeding the need - Community members sort food donations at the Newberg Armory last year. The Feed the Need food drive will hold its 10th annual collection on Oct. 13.

“There is a need at F.I.S.H. and I think this is one of the ways our community pulls together,” said event coordinator Marshall Sperling. “Since I’ve been involved I’ve gotten a better picture of how many churches and organizations are involved in meeting food needs in Newberg, either through their community kitchens or the food they collect, so it’s going on all year round, which is great. This is just a more visible reminder of the food need.”

The event is sponsored by 2nd Street Community Church, but Sperling said that, as usual, numerous churches from around the community have signed up to canvas the community with the familiar door-hanger fliers on the morning of Oct. 12 and collect donations, which can be left outside one’s door, the following day.

“There are about 50 areas we divide the city up into,” Sperling said. “We have half of those covered already, which is really good because we just started taking signups.”

Groups will meet at the Newberg Armory at 9 a.m. before spreading out to hang the handbills, which usually takes an hour or so. Feed the Need asks volunteers to head out a little later on collection day, after noon if possible, and will begin sorting donations back at the armory around 1 p.m. Sperling said that volunteers are welcome to join on either or both days.

“We are always looking for people,” Sperling said. “We have plenty coming, but sometimes people don’t show up or something happens.”

To celebrate a decade of fighting hunger, organizers will revive a tradition that has been dormant the last few years and host a lunch of soup, salad and dessert for volunteers and the public at the armory following the effort.

“Things are down in general, but we would hope to increase our take this year with the generosity of the community,” Sperling said. “It’s also just a great way to get out in the community.”

For more information, or to sign up as a volunteer, call 2nd Street Community Church at 503-538-9761.

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