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Health, Housing & Human Services employees collect more than 26,000 pounds of food for Oregon Food Bank

Clackamas County Department of Health, Housing, and Human Services (H3S) employees collected the equivalent of 26,277.42 pounds of food to feed people in need. The food drive took place June 1 through July 14.

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 20,200 meals. As of April 2014, almost 20,000 households and more than 41,000 received SNAP (food stamp) benefits in Clackamas County.

“This past year, H3S employees demonstrated their commitment by once again producing great results in our annual food drive,” said Cindy Becker, director of Health, Housing & Human Services (H3S). “This year represents once the best years we’ve had and shows the generosity and kindness of each and every county employee.”

In 2009, the first year of the H3S food drive, the Department collected the equivalent of 15,440 pounds of food. The following years, H3S collected the equivalent of 11,859 pounds (2010), 17,283.9 pounds (2011), 18,481.79 pounds (2012), and 28,343.87 pounds (2013) of food.

Over the last six years, H3S has collected more than 117,600 pounds of food. This food goes to the Oregon Food Bank and helps support emergency food banks in Clackamas County.

For information, contact Chris Gallegos, Community Relations Specialist, at 503-655-8752 or via email at cgallegos@clackamas.us.

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