Sunshine To Giveaway Summer Food Boxes (Photo)

June 18, 2014 14:35

  

*** This release is being sent on behalf of the Portland Police Sunshine Division***

Sunshine Division Partners with Safeway, BedMart, Portland Public Schools, and the Portland Police Bureau to Build & Deliver 1,000 Child Friendly Food Boxes to Combat Summer Hunger

What: The Sunshine Division is building & delivering 1,000 summer food boxes

When: Building Boxes: Thursday June 19, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Delivering Boxes: Saturday June 21, 9:00 AM-Noon

Where: The Sunshine Division Warehouse at 687 N. Thompson St. Portland, OR 97227

Thursday evening June 19th, 15 managers from local Safeway stores, local volunteers, and Portland Police Officers will gather at the Sunshine Division Warehouse (687 N. Thompson) to pack 1,000 summer food boxes for local area families with school age children. Packing will begin at 6 p.m. and finish around 8:00 p.m. This marks the third annual "Hunger Doesn't Vacation" food and awareness drive for the Sunshine Division. Hunger Doesn't Vacation is an effort to combat childhood hunger and locally raise awareness that thousands of children struggle with food insecurity during the summer months while their regular school lunch and breakfast programs are harder to access.

On Saturday, June 21, volunteers will deliver the boxes to families in need. The boxes are delivered from North Precinct, and the Sunshine Warehouse, beginning at 9 a.m. to homes of 1,000 families with school age children in a Portland Public School. The box is a 40 pound "child friendly" box that features items such as; peanut butter, tuna, bread, soup, macaroni and cheese, pasta, rice, tortillas, apples, English muffins, cereal, and a $5 voucher redeemable at local Safeway stores for perishable items.

"Last month we saw another 11% increase in the number of households we serve at the Sunshine Division compared to May of 2013, and we expect to see a seasonal spike from families with kids during the summer months," said Portland Police Officer Phil Kent. "These 1000 boxes are already spoken for, but we will continue to provide emergency food to people every day at the Sunshine Division and any police officer can take food to a person in need 24 hours a day."

The Sunshine Division is still seeking volunteers this Saturday to help personally deliver food boxes to homes. Drivers can take as little or as many boxes as they want. Delivery will begin at 9am sharp at either the Sunshine Division at 687 N. Thompson or North Precinct, located at 449 N.E. Emerson, delivery typically concludes by noon. Those interested in volunteering, should email Kris Padden volunteer coordinator with the Sunshine Division at kris@sunshinedivision.org or call 503-823-2176.

About Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division
Since 1923, the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division has been providing emergency food and clothing relief to Portland families and individuals in need. Whether due to the loss of a job, domestic crime, illness, or victims of fire or disaster, the Sunshine Division has built a 91-year legacy of mobilizing quickly and efficiently to assist distressed Portlanders. 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. To donate to the Sunshine Division visit: http://www.sunshinedivision.org/

For more information, contact Executive Director, Kyle Camberg, at 503-577-6852 kyle@sunshinedivsion.org

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