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Marion Polk Food Share

Huge Gift For The Hungry

Annual Food Drive Success Despite Economic Hardtimes

Portland-Salem Metro, Oregon December 11, 2008 -- The 8th Annual Great Holiday Food Drive is going on for one more day, now through Friday, December 12th. Donation drop sites include Oregon Community Credit Union Branches here in Portland & Salem, all 9 Arbor Custom Homes Neighborhoods around the Portland Metro area, Deschutes Brewery in NW Portland among a total of 30 locations around the Portland-Salem metropolitan areas. Those wishing to donate and help fight hunger are urged to visit their local donation drop site and donate canned food goods. A full list location drop sites can be found online at http://www.food-drive.com.

Despite recession, donations are pouring in around the Portland-Salem, metropolitan areas. About 15 business in the Portland-Salem Metro Areas are working together to battle hunger here in Oregon and in their local communities. Joining the effort by participating in the 8th Annual Great Holiday Food Drive, these business are hoping to raise the equivalent of nearly 13,000 lbs of food for the hungry here in Oregon. All proceeds will be benefiting the Oregon Food Bank Network and Marion-Polk Food Share.

Over the last 7 years, the Annual Great Holiday Food Drive has raised over 64,305 lbs of food for Oregon Food Bank Network. Each year the donations raised steadily grow. Last year with help and support from the Portland & Salem communities, the Great Holiday Food Drive raised the equivalent of 11,739 lbs of food for the hungry here in the Portland-Salem Metro area of Oregon. This was an increase of 10% in donations over prior year totals! The goal this year is to increase donations by another 10% and raise over 12,915 lbs!

The food banks are always short on food during the holiday season regardless of economic situations and hardships. However, due to some of the toughest financial times our country has seen in decades, food shortages are at epidemic proportions. The Great Holiday Food Drive, along with local businesses throughout Portland & Salem are doing their part to fight the war on hunger.

Thanks go to the following Co-Sponsors of this year's event:

- America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses
- Arbor Custom Homes
- Beaver Creek Armory
- Curves Wilsonville
- Deschutes Brewery
- Easy Street Online Services
- KinderCare
- Meridian Park Radiation Oncology Center
- Neturf
- ON Semiconductor
- Oregon Community Credit Union
- Park Ave Village
- Rain Salon
- The Little Gym of Beaverton
- The Little Gym of Lake Oswego

To learn how you can get involved or make a donation online or at an Official Donation Drop Site, please go to http://www.food-drive.com or call (503) 656-3875.

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