Seasons are changing, and that means it is back to school and farmers are busy with final harvest. But one thing that does not change with the seasons is the need across Oregon to help fight hunger.
Those affected by food insecurity are in need year-round. Les Schwab Tire Centers of Oregon has partnered with Oregon FFA in a Drive Away Hunger event to help raise awareness and to raise as much food as possible. The initiative will take place the entire month of October.
Since 2008, the Oregon Food Bank has seen the demand for emergency food boxes increase by 40 percent. All month you may see FFA members across the state doing a variety of service activities to raise as much food as possible. Please be on the lookout for activities and collections happening throughout our community.
The public is encouraged to drop food donations at any Les Schwab Tire Center, Wilco Farm Store or a local FFA Chapter. Collection bags are being distributed to subscribers of the Capital Press, East Oregonian, Wallowa County Chieftain, Hermiston Herald and Blue Mountain Eagle, or you may pick up a collection bag at your local Les Schwab Tire Center or a Wilco Farm Store.
FFA members are encouraging everyone to be #TiredofHunger and fill a grocery bag to drop at any of the collection sites.
In addition to nonperishable food, the FFA is seeking farm and ranch crop donations as well. To donate portion of a food crop, please contact a local FFA chapter or Kevin White, executive director of the Oregon FFA Foundation, at firstname.lastname@example.org. All donations received will be given first to local food pantries. If there is more, it will be distributed by the Oregon Food Bank to other pantries throughout the state.
Last year the FFA’s Tired of Hunger initiative helped raise more than 500,000 pounds of food. That was enough to provide 416,667 meals, or feed 4,960 families for nearly a week.
This year, the more than 6,000 FFA members from 105 chapters have partnered with the 107 Les Schwab stores in Oregon as well as the 13 Wilco Farm Stores to make a dent in helping supply the Oregon Food Bank and other local food pantries.