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Schools closing for summer resulted in narrowing options for kids receiving free or reduced breakfast and lunch at school. It’s a worry that impacts many.


In fact, 36 percent of Clackamas County school children qualify for free and reduced lunch or breakfast according to the Oregon Department of Education. Those numbers are even higher in local school districts: 42 percent in North Clackamas, 48 percent in Gladstone, and 41 percent in Oregon City.

In response, Clackamas-based plumbing and drain company Jack Howk/Rescue Rooter launched its first-ever food drive for the Sunshine Division, which provides emergency food at its North Portland warehouse six days per week for families and individuals in need. Sunshine Division assistance also is provided through a partnership with the Portland Police Bureau and the Clackamas County Sherriff’s Department.

Jack Howk/Rescue Rooter has placed barrels at nearby locations for the public to fill with canned food items through the end of July. Additionally, when Jack Howk/Rescue Rooter employees are on service calls, they will pick up donated canned food from customers who want to participate. The company will offer $1 off per canned food item on any service up to $25 (offer expires Dec. 31 and can be combined with other coupons).

“The team’s enthusiasm is infectious — they even started collecting food for us before the designated food drive start date,” said Kyle Camberg, executive director of the Sunshine Division. “We’re fortunate to have a lot of help during the holidays and throughout the year, but we appreciate organizations that make an effort no matter what the season is. Summer is a key time when we need the extra help.”

The Sunshine Division partners with the following Clackamas County organizations:

Colton Helping Hands

Damascus Community Church

Estacada Area Food Bank

Gladstone Fire Department

NW Housing Alternatives (Milwaukie)

Bridges to Change (Oregon City)

Work Source-Oregon Employment Department (Oregon City)

Sandy Community Action Center

“We believe this will be the first time a plumbing company has ever collected donations from their customers’ homes. Because of this, we think we’ll make a big impact,” said Kerry Frederickson, general manager of Jack Howk/Rescue Rooter. “We especially value the work the Sunshine Division does on behalf of families and children and are honored to help.”

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