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Through a long-standing partnership, the West Linn student leadership group will be hosting their annual canned food drive.

West Linn High School students are holding a food drive to help feed families this holiday season.

From Nov. 10-18, the student leadership will collect non-perishable food items that will go to Oregon City Elks Club. The high school has a well-established relationship with the Oregon City nonprofit and, like in previous years, all donated foods will be packaged in gift baskets by the Elks Club and distributed before the holidays.

In 2020, nearly one in four Oregonians experienced food insecurity, according to a study by Oregon State University. And Bodie LaForce, one of the main organizers of the food drive, thinks the message "five cans can feed one family" is important in spreading awareness about the state's hunger crisis.

"There's a lot of people who struggle to have food … every day. 'Five cans can feed one family' is a really big message that can spread a lot of awareness to people who might not have food or the opportunity to get it every day," he said.

Community members are encouraged to donate food if they can. Non-perishable items can be dropped off at the school's main office during school hours. West Linn community members should also expect a knock at their door from one of the high school's 70 student leaders, who will go door-to-door over the next week asking for donations. Interested neighbors will receive a grocery bag that can be filled with canned goods. The student will then pick up the donations three days later.

West Linn High School ASB officers will be stationed outside Safeway Sunday, Nov. 14 in their "Can Van. Shoppers are invited to buy a few extra items to donate to the Drive on their way out of the store.

"We've been learning quite a bit about just how bad the hunger situation is (at school). You may not notice it … but any student here could be struggling with food," said Aaron McCoy, a senior at West Linn High School.

In addition to the food drive, students will run a "Dollar Day" donation collection on Wednesday, Nov. 17. All proceeds will go towards the West Linn Food Pantry.


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