Health, Housing & Human Services employees collect more than 42,000 pounds of food for Oregon Food Bank

From: Scott Anderson, Clackamas County Department of Health, Housing, and Human Services, 503-655-8752

During June, Clackamas County Department of Health, Housing, and Human Services (H3S) employees collected the equivalent of 42,226 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 32,500 meals.

"Our employees showed, once again, their commitment to help county residents by producing great results in our annual food drive," said Health, Housing, and Human Services Director Richard Swift. "Compared to last year, we raised our donation amount by 21 percent, which is our best year yet. We are grateful to have such a wonderful group of employees who not only care about food insecurity in Clackamas County, but take giant steps to curb it. We're already excited about donating even more 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), and 34,850 pounds (2015) of food.

Since 2009, H3S employees have collected a total of nearly 195,000 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: Garlic Jim's Famous Gourmet Pizza, Just A Bite Café, Smokey Bones BBQ and others. This was also the first year employees from other departments joined H3S employees in this food drive. The Board of County Commissioners contributed both money and donated food, as did the employees in the Department of Employee Services.

For more information, contact Community Relations Specialist Scott Anderson at 503-655-8752.