Clackamas County food drive raises nearly $7K
Clackamas County's Health, Housing and Human Services Department on Thursday, Sept. 30, announced its annual food drive raised $6,844, equivalent to 27,376 pounds of food
County officials will donate the drive's proceeds to the Oregon Food Bank in support of efforts to feed the hundreds of thousands of Oregonians experiencing food insecurity statewide. H3S Department employees have raised the equivalent of over $400,000 since the first drive in 2009.
Hunger is a "serious problem" across the state, H3S Director Rod Cook told county commissioners at Thursday's board meeting, adding that an estimated 265,000 Oregonians receive food from a food pantry each month. Of those people, more than 82,000 are children, Cook said.
H3S shifted its annual food drive to a virtual format in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions and opted to continue fundraising virtually in 2021. This year's highest earning fundraising activity was a virtual basket raffle led by Clackamas County Contract Analyst Jeanne Weber, collecting roughly $5,500. Weber also led a virtual bake sale that earned roughly $1,100.
The Oregon Food Bank, which sponsors a variety of programs and initiatives to eliminate the root causes of hunger across the state, will disperse some of the earnings from this year's H3S food drive back into Clackamas County food banks and service centers, including Clackamas Service Center, Sandy Community Action Center, Estacada Area Food Bank, Colton Helping Hands and others.
"We know that in difficult times, it is important for communities to come together to help each other," Cook said. "The H3S food drive is a great example of this, and we look forward to coming together again next year."
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