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The local food bank is also hosting its annual Empty Bowls fundraising event through June 30

PMG FILE PHOTO - The Columbia Pacific Food Bank, following guidance from the Oregon Food Bank, is once again able to take food donations following a shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The Columbia Pacific Food Bank has been working overtime in recent months, helping feed area residents struggling with hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, local residents have their chance to give back.

Following guidance from Oregon Food Bank, the Columbia Pacific Food Bank can once again accept donations of non-perishable food items.

Donations can be dropped off at 474 Milton Way in St. Helens from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Contributors are asked to follow all posted COVID safety signs and may use the CPFB's new drive-up drop off box at any time.

Donations will be distributed to associated food pantries throughout Columbia County. Those include: Barbara Bullis Memorial HELP Food Pantry, 503-397-9708, 474 Milton Way in St. Helens; St. Vincent DePaul — St. Wenceslaus Conference, 503-543-7495 ext. 15, 51555 Old Portland Road in Scappoose; HOPE of Rainier, 503-556-0701, 404 East A Street in Rainier; Turning Point Community Center, 503-728-3126, 220 East Columbia River Highway in Clatskanie; Vernonia Cares, 503-429-1414, 627 Adams Ave. in Vernonia; and the Natal Grange, 67542 Nehalem Highway North in Mist-Birkenfeld.

The CPFB website reports that a gift of $10 will feed a family of four for three days, all donated funds stay within Columbia County and donations are tax deductible. Donations may be mailed to Columbia Pacific Food Bank, P.O. Box 1031, St. Helens, OR 97051.

Empty Bowls Online Fundraiser

In lieu of its annual in-person Empty Bowls event, Columbia Pacific Food Bank has transitioned to the Empty Bowls Event Shop.

   CPFB has once again partnered with local artisan Pat Brame to offer more than 200 unique pottery bowls for sale. While the fundraiser won't fill those bowls with hot soup this year, Wild Currant Restaurant & Catering will share its split pea soup recipe and CPFB will provide a bag of split peas.

The sale ends June 30 and bowls can be picked up between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at 474 Milton Way in St. Helens. Shipping is not available.

To shop the Empty Bowls fundraiser, go to cpfb-empty-bowls.square.site/shop/2020-empty-bowls/3.


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