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Food drive will stay active to months end

There's less than two weeks left to bolster the food supplies that benefit local residents who find themselves temporarily in hard times.

During March, West Linn Feeds the Hungry is bringing in large donations of canned goods and cash, to offset seasonal drops in donations to food relief agencies that typically take place in spring and summer.

Many events have already been held, with great results, according to Ellen Worcester, steering committee chair of West Linn Feeds the Hungry. And now several businesses are offering incentives to gain more donations.

Businesses participating with incentives during the rest of the month include at least Spoiled Rotten, a children's clothing and accessories store, and FedEx Kinko's.

Debbie Garbe, owner of Spoiled Rotten, has asked parents to provide donations of food for the youngest children, but she's offering an incentive for any type of non-perishable food.

For the rest of the month, every food item brought to her store will gain the giver a $1 credit toward any purchase in the store - up to $10. Spoiled Rotten is open seven days, but Garbe was hoping that most people would come by Saturday with their donations. For information, call 503-744-0289.

Philip Tran, owner of FedEx Kinko's in Central Village is offering 10 percent off any print or copy project to anyone who brings in two items of non-perishable food. For information, call 503-557-0709.

Donation barrels are still located in the major markets as well as many other businesses.

'This is truly a citywide effort,' said Worcester.

Most needed are healthy and high-protein foods such as canned meats, peanut butter, hearty soups, canned meals, fruits, vegetables, beans, rice, pasta and baby formula.

For more information, visit www.WLfooddrive.com or call Worcester at 503-699-9698.