Annual Winter Wishes Drive will focus on food, other essential items
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MULTNOMAH - Because of extraordinary demand on its Emergency Food Box Program at this time, local nonprofit Neighborhood House is making some changes to its annual Winter Wishes Drive this year. The drive normally collects holiday gifts, including toys and clothing, for low-income families. The agency's resources have been severely taxed this year, however, in trying to meet the ever-increasing need for food assistance. Neighborhood House is asking community members to help at this time of heightened need by focusing on food and other essential items, such as hygiene and cleaning supplies, when shopping for holiday donations this year.

Nonperishable foods of all kinds are needed. Diapers and toilet tissue are especially appreciated. And, healthy snack foods and school and art supplies are also being sought for use in Neighborhood House programs.

Monetary contributions are also welcome and will allow Neighborhood House to purchase food at deeply discounted prices through the Oregon Food Bank. Every dollar donated will purchase at least five pounds of food.

Neighborhood House operates the largest emergency food pantry on Portland's west side. Use of the program has increased by 82 percent since the beginning of the economic downturn. Over the last year, the program provided food assistance to more than 8,200 hungry community members.

Winter Wishes donations may be brought to Neighborhood House, located at 7780 S.W. Capitol Hwy., on Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. For a complete Winter Wish List and drive details, visit or contact Laura Atkinson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-246-1663, ext. 2118.

- Neighborhood House

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