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County food drive fills up local pantries

Clackamas County’s Health, Housing and Human Services (H3S) raised the equivalent of 26,277 pounds of food for Clackamas food pantries during its internal food drive June 1 to July 14.

The amount was the second-highest in the drive’s six-year history.

The drive was started as a way for H3S employees to have another less formal way to help the people they serve on a daily basis.

Homelessness and food insecurity remain big problems in Clackamas County, where nearly 20,000 households comprising 41,000 people received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program payments in April, the most recent month statistics are available.

“It’s really something we see on a day-to-day basis with the people that we serve,” said Community Relations Specialist Chris Gallegos, who added that each day one in six Americans have no access to food or limited access to food.

The Public Health Division of H3S won the friendly competition between the seven divisions by bringing in the most donations of nonperishable food and money, which will be routed through the Oregon Food Bank to Clackamas County food pantries.

“But really in the end, the food pantries... they’re the ultimate winners,” said Gallegos.

Visit H3S on the web at http://clackamas.us/h3s/.



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