From: Aaron Abrams, Community Relations Specialist, Clackamas County, Department of Health, Housing, and Human Services, 503-655-8752 09-26-13

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Employees in the department of Health, Housing and Human Services collect more than 28,000 pounds of food for Oregon Food Bank

Clackamas County Department of Health, Housing, and Human Services (H3S) employees collected the equivalent of 28,343.87 pounds of food to feed people in need. The food drive took place in July and August, 2013.

According to the Oregon Food Bank, the beneficiary of the food drive, approximately 1.3 pounds of food translates into a meal, meaning the department’s effort resulted in more than 21,500 meals.

“H3S employees demonstrated their caring and commitment by once again producing great results in our annual food drive,” said Cindy Becker, Director of H3S. “This year broke last year’s record by almost 10,000 pounds,” said Becker.

In the first H3S food drive in 2009 H3S collected the equivalent of 15,440 pounds of food, in 2010 H3S collected 11,859 pounds, in 2011 H3S collected 17,283.9 pounds, and in 2012 H3S collected 18,481.79 pounds of food for the Oregon Food Bank.

Over the last five years, H3S has collected more than 91,000 pounds of food. This food goes to the Oregon Food Bank and helps to support more than 25 emergency food banks in Clackamas County.

Food provided by the Oregon Food Bank is extremely important for people in need here in Clackamas County. Donations are what keep places like the Clackamas Service Center on Southeast 80th Avenue, the Sandy Community Action Center, the Estacada Area Food Bank, and the Colton Community Center up and running and able to feed the hungry.

For more information contact Aaron Abrams at 503-655-8752 or at aabrams@co.clackamas.or.us

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