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More than 180 volunteers help pack meals for local organizations to distribute to people in need.

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Mary's Woods resident Ron Northrup and Philanthropy and Communications coordinator Cheyenne Swartz make sure enough ingredients are in a bag of prepared soup for the Holidays Without Hunger drive.Volunteers at Mary's Woods spent two days packing 35,000 meals to help alleviate hunger during the Holidays Without Hunger drive.

On Dec. 7 and 8, more than 180 Mary's Woods residents, along with staff, assembled fortified chicken-flavored rice and vegetable soup to package and deliver to organizations such as Meals on Wheels People, Urban Gleaners, West Linn Food Pantry and Germaine's Kitchen and Cafe. These organizations will then distribute the packaged food to families in need.

"Our work is focused on children and families, and we are very grateful to the residents and staff of Mary's Woods," said Tracy Oseran, founder and executive director of Urban Gleaners, in a Mary's Woods news release. "The food they are packing and generously sharing will be distributed to families just in time for the holidays."

This is the first year Mary's Woods has participated in this meal-packing event.

"The resident enthusiasm for this event was inspiring," said Colette Rees, vice president of philanthropy and strategic communication at Mary's Woods, in the release. "This is our first year for this event, and it is our hope of good things to come."



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