1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
December 13, 2006 00:00
Portland, Ore.- On December 16th beginning at 7:30 am local community volunteers, Portland Police Officers and members of the Oregon National Guard will be delivering 3200 boxes to families and local non-profit organizations in the Portland area to ensure that no one in need goes hungry.
Media is encouraged to attend at Portland Police Bureau Southeast Precinct located at 4735 SE Burnside. There will opportunities to interview volunteers and staff throughout the morning. In addition, deliveries will also be at the Sunshine Division Main Warehouse – 687 N. Thompson, and Northeast Precinct – 449 NE Emerson, and East Precinct – 737 SE 106th.
During the months of November and December canned food items have been collected at participating grocery stores, local businesses and precincts. As a result, holiday food boxes contain all the ingredients to put together a holiday meal, including a 4 pound ham. Through the generosity of Franz Bakery, Botsford and Goodfellows, Fred Meyer and Ventura Foods, families will have fresh bread, produce, margarine and milk coupon. These efforts help ensure that no one in need goes hungry during the holiday season.
In addition to the food drive, Sunshine Division is also leading 33 local nonprofits with the HANDS program (Holiday Assistance Network - Data System). It is a central data base for names of families receiving holiday assistance in Multnomah County. It enables all the organizations, such as Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, FISH, Snow-Cap, Toy and Joy and others to ensure that we are able to serve as many families as possible.
The holiday food program of the Portland Police Sunshine Division date back to 1923 and it is a tradition we proudly continue.
If you know someone who needs help please contact the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division at 503-823-2102 or after hours the non-emergency number 503-823-3333. ###
Sgt. Pete Simpson