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Residents organize a monthly drive to benefit Wilsonville Community Sharing.

COURTESY PHOTO: BILL EVANS - The food bank is open 12:30-2:30 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the old high school on 29796 SW Town Center Loop East.Charbonneau residents Larry Baugh and John Brolt are no stranger to food banks.

Brolt had previously worked in a food bank in Portland while Baugh loaded up food from Costco twice a year for the benefit of his local organization.

Seeing the increased need at food banks across the region due to increased economic challenges, the duo wanted to help Wilsonville Community Sharing — which runs the food bank in downtown Wilsonville. So they met with Charbonneau Country Club leaders to see what could be done.

"The reason I had sought out Larry is that in food banks nationwide there was a demand for more and more assistance. We suspected that Wilsonville Community Sharing was probably having the same issues. We were able to confirm that," Baugh said.

As a result, Charbonneau Country Club is hosting food drives to benefit the food bank on the fourth Wednesday of each month starting Jan. 25 at the first floor of the new Activity Center. They encourage the community to donate food, money or gift cards to Wilsonville Community Sharing.

"We're trying to make hunger a thing of the past. We're trying to participate with them working toward the needs of Wilsonville, not necessarily in Charbonneau but all over Wilsonville," said Charbonneau resident Judi Hickman.

Leigh Crosby, a Wilsonville Community Sharing employee, said the Wilsonville food bank has served close to 1,100 families in the last year and has given out over 65,000 pounds of food.

The organization also helps recipients with utility and rent. The food bank is open 12:30-2:30 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the old high school on 29796 SW Town Center Loop East. She added that the location is indeed experiencing more demand than year's past, saying that they're about 100 more people seeking assistance.

"All of the donations and food and money stays in Wilsonville and helps all of our local families or senior citizens. We have a lot of senior citizens. It helps keep your neighbors with food and to keep the lights on and helps them from getting evicted," Crosby said.


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