On Saturday, December 5, 2009, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) will team up with the Boy Scouts of America and local volunteer agencies, including St. Vincent de Paul, to collect food for those in need. Last holiday season, these volunteer agencies provided food to over 10,000 families in the Portland Metropolitan area and this year the need is greater than ever. The drive is recognized as the last major food drive of the year for northwest Oregon and southwest Washington area emergency food agencies.
This Saturday local Scouts will go door-to-door to collect canned goods and other non-perishable food for those in need from local residents. The donations will then be taken by the Scouts to drop-sites at PF&R fire stations 2, 7, 14, 15, 25, and 29. Items collected will be distributed to local food agencies. Items most needed are non-perishable canned and packaged foods such as meat, soups, stews, fruits, vegetables, pasta, rice, cereal, beans, lentils, peanut butter, tuna, and baby food.
In addition to the above stations serving as food drop-off sites for Scouts, all 30 PF&R fire stations (click here to view station locations) will serve as collection/drop-off sites for individuals on Saturday, December 5th. This is intended to assist those people who do not have Scouts in their neighborhood, but wish to contribute towards those needing assistance with food.
Portland Fire & Rescue Reminds You To Drive Safe and Slow,
As Scouts Are on the Go
With thousands of Scouting for Food participants canvassing neighborhoods on Saturday, December 5, 2009, both Scouts and drivers alike are reminded to exercise caution. Motorists should be careful when backing out of driveways and reduce speeds by 5 to 10 miles per hour while traveling in subdivisions.
December 1, 2009