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September 22, 2008

Salem, OR – Oregonians can take themselves out to the movies this week, for a good cause. This week, the "Cans Film Festival" gets underway, a takeoff on France's more famous Cannes Film Festival. This one, however, benefits the Oregon Food Bank.

This Thursday, September 25, admission to all Regal Cinemas in the state is a donation of three cans of food. It's become an annual fall event for the theater chain, with 26 locations in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. Russ Nunley, vice president of marketing and communications for the Regal Entertainment Group, hopes it pays off for moviegoers - and Food Bank clients as well.

"The movie theatre is one of those gathering places that helps define the identity of communities. We take that to heart - so, we do many things to support the philanthropic efforts in the communities where we serve."

Nunley says folks may not realize how much coordination goes into a "free movie" day. The movie studios all have to agree to let their films be shown for free - and the Food Bank pitches in, too.

"They have a big job. They are able to supply all the volunteers that accept the food and hand out the tickets that allow you to get the free movie and get the free popcorn. So, it's only through a coordinated effort, that they have to mount, that this event is possible."

A small popcorn is included with the free admission. With this year's increased demand on the Oregon Food Bank network of distribution sites, the goal is to beat last year's total donation of 84,000 pounds of food. The nonperishable food is divided into emergency boxes that can feed a family for several days. Last year's donations provided enough to fill almost 1700 emergency food boxes.

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - OR