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Local chefs help fundraising drive with Aug. 23 contest



COURTESY JOHN VALLS/FEAST PORTLAND - Guests who attend the sold-out Night Market on Sept. 16, as well as Feast Portland's other food- and drink-fueled lineup of events, will help contribute to ending childhood hunger. Feast will collaborate with Partners for a Hunger-free Oregon in their fundraising drive this week. Three top Portland chefs — Carlo Lamagna of Clyde Common, Patrick Fleming of Boke Bowl and Maylin Chavez of Olympia Oyster Bar — will help launch this year's fundraising campaign for Portland's biggest food and drink event, Feast Portland.

The chefs will participate in a light-hearted "Chopped"-inspired breakfast cooking competition with students at Lynch View Elementary in outer Southeast Portland on Aug. 23 during "Let's Do Breakfast, Oregon" week.

The annual campaign — this year between Monday, Aug. 15 and Monday, Aug. 22 — is dedicated to ending childhood hunger.

Feast Portland is collaborating with the Portland nonprofit Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon to collect matching donations for the cause.

People may donate here: https://oregonhunger.org/donate.

Salem-based Oregon Fruit Products has pledged $5,000 in matching funds during the campaign.

All funds raised will go to increasing children's access to a nourishing breakfast each day, which studies have proven to help boost concentration and engagement in the classroom as boost test scores and attendance levels.

During the past four years, Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland has donated more than $231,000 to local and national charity partners working to end childhood hunger.

This year for its fifth anniversary, Feast Portland is keeping its charity efforts to its home state, partnering exclusively with Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon to raise awareness around of breakfast participation in local schools.

Portland Public Schools serves 62 percent of its students breakfast at school, which ranks the district 27th in a survey of 60 school districts, according to the Breakfast Scorecard, issued by the nonprofit Food Research and Action Center.

PPS has been trying to bump that up to 70 percent school participation in order to reach more students in poverty. School breakfasts which include milk, 100-percent juice and fruit in addition to the entree.

Feast Portland kicks off in one month, Sept. 17-20. Tickets for several events are still available.

See the lineup and details at feastportland.com/, and donate at https://oregonhunger.org/donate.

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