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Cupboards Bare at Oregon Food Bank

September 24, 2007

Portland, OR - As winter approaches, the Oregon Food Bank Network is worried there will not be enough food to go around. Less support from the federal government and food producers, combined with recent food product recalls, have resulted in a dip of nearly 75 percent in donations.

Normally, the Food Bank delivers 700,000 pounds of food to area food banks and local agencies across the state every week. Oregon Food Bank Director Rachel Bristol says deliveries have been cut by 200,000 pounds a week because of a decrease in aid from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a drop in donations from the food industry, and even food recalls.

"If that continues, we're talking 4,000 to 5,000 Oregon households that will not receive the necessary food staples each week."

Oregon communities can pitch in several ways. Gardeners can donate excess harvest from their own gardens or participate in the "'Cans' Film Festival Food Drive" on September 27 at any Regal Cinemas location.

More information is available online at www.oregonfoodbank.org.

Dondrea Warner/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - OR