April 08, 2014 09:40
The Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division & Zupan's Markets will partner for the 25th annual Ray of Hope spring food drive, raising food and awareness for local families struggling with year-round food insecurity. The food drive runs April 1st through April 30th, 2014, at all four Zupan's Markets locations. Customers can donate $5 or $10 at the register, giving food support for local families in need or donate food items in collection barrels at each store.
"Since its establishment in 1975, Zupan's Markets has been passionate about giving back to the local Portland community," said Zupan's Markets president Mike Zupan. "We are proud to be partnering with an organization like the Sunshine Division with one of the highest efficiency ratings, where $0.94 of every dollar goes to programs to help people in need."
"Zupan's Markets has supported the Sunshine Division during times when the only food in our inventory came from their stores or their customers", explains Sunshine Division's Officer Phil Kent. "The community should know that without partners like Zupan's we would not be able to provide families, seniors, and veterans with food assistance in times of crisis - hard times that effect Portlanders year-round, not just at the holidays." Many families receiving support from Sunshine Division's food programs are direct referrals from the Portland Police Bureau and have been pulled from human trafficking situations, reside in at-risk, low-income communities, or have been affected by domestic violence and are living in transitional shelters or hotels. As first responders, the police are the first to answer the call for help and often the first to see when a person or family is in crisis.
"The Sunshine Division is a really important tool for officers to be able to engage families in areas where our presence may only be associated with crime prevention" says Officer Dave Thoman. "The Sunshine Division food boxes and officer referral cards are a way to open communication, so that families feel positively connected to us and reach out to us when they need our help." Thoman is a school resource officer, and accesses Sunshine Division services for families in Portland Public Schools.
In 1923, the Sunshine Division was started on the philosophy that "no one should commit a crime due to hunger". Nonprofits addressing food insecurity, such as Sunshine Division, and community policing programs managed through the Portland Police Bureau, help to positively reverse the effects of poverty on crime making more productive communities.
About Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division
The Sunshine Division offers emergency food assistance six days a week at their warehouse as well as 24/7 through their partnership with the Portland Police Bureau who store food boxes at each police precinct that can be dispatched to those in need at any time. In addition to food relief they also offer new and gently used clothing to those in need. For more information, visit www.sunshinedivision.org
About Zupan's Markets
Founded by John Zupan in 1975, Zupan's Markets is a local and family-owned market that has served Portland's food-loving community for 38 years. Zupan's Markets, with four locations, focuses on quality, selling everything from the best meats and wines to the freshest produce, baked goods, gourmet deli products, specialty foods, flowers and more, always emphasizing locally sourced, artisan products when possible. For more information, visit www.zupans.com or stay in touch at www.facebook.com/ZupansMarketsPortland. ###
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204