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From: Scott Anderson, Public & Government Affairs, 503-655-8752

08-10-17

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Health, Housing & Human Services employees collect more than 60,000 pounds of food for Oregon Food Bank

During June, employees from the Clackamas County Department of Health, Housing, and Human Services (H3S) collected the equivalent of 60,533 pounds of food to feed people in need.

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 nearly 45,400 meals.

“Our employees showed, once again, their commitment to help county residents by producing tremendous results in our annual food drive,” said Health, Housing, and Human Services Director Richard Swift. “This year, our goal was to raise 50,000 pounds of food, and we exceeded that mark by more than 10,000 pounds. This year’s food drive was exceptional. We are grateful to have this wonderful group of employees who care about food insecurity in Clackamas County and are willing to take steps to curb it. We’re already excited for what’s in store for next year.”

In 2009, the first year of the H3S food drive, department employees collected the equivalent of 15,440 pounds of food. The following years, H3S employees collected the equivalent of 11,859 pounds (2010), 17,283 pounds (2011), 18,481 pounds (2012), 28,343 pounds (2013), 26,277 pounds (2014), 34,850 pounds (2015), and 42,226 pounds (2016) of food.

Since 2009, H3S employees have collected more than 255,000 pounds of food. This food goes to the Oregon Food Bank and helps support emergency food banks in Clackamas County.

Department officials want to thank the following businesses for their participation: Oregon Turf & Tree, Jimmy O’s Pizza, Bugatti’s, The Verdict, Panda Express, Mesa Fresca, Tualatin Island Greens, Dutch Bros. in Oregon City, Singer Hill Café, Burgerville, Wilco, Jimmy Johns, Mike’s Drive-In, First City Central Marketplace and Bistro, Starbucks – OC Point, Koi Fusion, Tamale Boy, Retrolicious, Maiale De Volo, Pepe Caliente, The Dump Truck and Bro-Dogs and Burgers. The Board of County Commissioners contributed money, as did the employees from various other departments.

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Community Relations Specialist Scott Anderson at sanderson@clackamas.us or 503-655-8752.

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