Michelle Chao was shopping at Hamilton's Appliance when she overheard volunteer Bill Kemnitzer asking about a freezer purchase for the Gladstone Food Pantry. After talking with him about what was needed, she made a snap decision to buy two freezers and donate them to the organization.
"There was a time in Michelle's life when she had a setback and needed extra support. Now she's successfully established herself and it's her mission to give back," said Food Pantry Coordinator Alex Van Pelt.
"We are so thankful for this incredible donation. Our existing freezers were small and old," she said. "The two new units are not only more energy efficient, but greatly increase our storage capacity so we can provide more meat and frozen foods to the families we serve."
The Gladstone Food Pantry partners with the Oregon Food Bank to provide free groceries to any family in need. Located on the north side of the Gladstone High School campus off Nelson Lane, it is open Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.
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