Jendi Properties closed up shop at all seven communities on the afternoon of November 20th so the entire team could participate in a volunteer experience at the Oregon Food Bank. The mission of Oregon Food Bank is to eradicate food insecurity for thousands of Oregon and Clark County, Wa. residents who can’t be sure where their next meal is coming from each day.
The Jendi team and other volunteer groups spent the afternoon filling 2-pound bags of oatmeal from large bins of loose oats and packing them into boxes for transport. The impressive operation worked assembly-line style, with each table staffed with volunteers taking turns filling and weighing bags, tying them and packing boxes. Disco tunes including “Brick House” and 60’s-era songs like “Runaround Sue” played in the background as volunteers packed 15,289 pounds of oats for distribution. Total time: Just 2 1/2 hours to create thousands of meals for others in need.
Sadly, Oregon Food Bank reports that record numbers of people need to access emergency food each month–approximately 270,000–about half the population of the city of Portland. Of that amount, more than 90,000 are children. Since the recession in 2008, emergency food box distribution has increased a staggering 41 percent.
What can you do to help? Donate time, food and/or money. The Oregon Food Bank runs volunteer food packing shifts mornings, afternoons and evenings and sign up is simple at http://www.oregonfoodbank.org. There you will also find details of their extensive education programs, including Learning Gardens, nutrition education, Seed to Supper and more.