West Linn Feeds the Hungry

by: Kathleen Winterling, 
On Saturday, from left, Shauna Shroyer, West Linn Food Pantry; Mayor Norm King; Jennifer Loney, West Linn Food Pantry; and Dan Flloyd of Safeway donated food to kick-off the city-wide food drive.

Volunteers kicked off West Linn's city-wide food drive West Linn Feeds the Hungry with optimism and good cheer piling sacks of canned food donations into barrels on Saturday.

The ceremonial first cans were dropped into brightly labeled barrels by representatives of the West Linn Chamber of Commerce, West Linn Lions Club and other partnering sponsors. Entertainment was provided by GlobalFM, a locally-based, five-piece classic rock ensemble. A Lions Club team grilled and served more than 200 burgers. A clown entertained children with face-painting and balloon art.

Dan Floyd of Safeway ferried out a shopping cart of donations made by the store, as customers purchased pre-bagged goods and helped their children heft them into the barrels.

'What a great showing of support from the community to get our month of giving started,' said event organizer Kathleen Winterling.

Local corporate sponsors of West Linn Feeds the Hungry were introduced Saturday - Doug Leeding of Pacific West Bank, Scot Gelfand of Gelfand Insurance, the Windermere, Cronin and Caplan Realty Group of West Linn and Jason Runyan of Neturf. Volunteers included Mayor Norm King and Council Member Scott Burgess.

'The presence here today of volunteers from across the community - Chamber of Commerce, Lions, Rotary, boy scouts, Brownies, and more - shows how truly citywide this effort is,' said Ellen Worcester, Chair of West Linn Feeds the Hungry. 'Even our youngest volunteers were full of energy, waving signs and inviting the curious to check out our event.'

Canned food donations may be made during March at all West Linn schools and at more than 50 locations all over town. The library is running its Food for Fines program this month. Special events will happen every weekend, starting Saturday night with 'Open Mike and Open Barrel Night' at Bullseye Coffee in Willamette Village, 7 - 9 p.m.

Check the Food Drive web site for a schedule of events, www.WLfooddrive.com.

Food drive events

Saturday, March 8 - Open Mike and Open Barrel Night at Bullseye Coffee, 1980 Willamette Falls Drive, No. 120, Willamette Village, 7 - 9:30 p.m. Bring canned food donations. Info: 503-650-9384.

Saturday, March 15 - Peter Rabbit Pancake and Sausage Breakfast, Carnival and Auction, sponsored by the West Linn Community Preschool. Bring canned food donations to West Linn High School, 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Info and tickets: 503-312-8808.

Saturday, March 22 - Easter Egg Hunt and Meet the Easter Bunny, sponsored by three Lions Clubs of West Linn. 'The Easter Bunny CAN Do - CAN You?' Bring canned food donations to West Linn High School track, rain or shine, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info: http://www.lionwap.org/westlinnlionsorus.

Sunday, March 30 - Closing Celebration, West Linn Feeds the Hungry. Market of Choice, West Linn Central Village, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Final chance: Drop off canned goods at drive-through station. Help load the truck.

'Food for Fines', Month of March. At the West Linn Public Library. For every canned item donated, 50 cents in overdue fines will be waived. Info: 503-656-7853.

West Linn School Food Drives - Check Web Site for dates of food drives at all eight local schools. www.WLfooddrive.com.

West Linn Schools Canned Food Drives

March 3 - 7. West Linn High School - 'Canned Cash' Collections

March 3 - 14 - Sunset Primary School

March 3 - 21 - Cedaroak Park Primary School

March 3 - 21 - Stafford Primary School

March 3 - 21 - Willamette Primary School

March 10 - 14 - Athey Creek Middle School