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Beaverton Farmers Market hosts summer food drive

Shoppers are encouraged to 'Buy a Bunch for the Hungry'

This week the Beaverton Farmers Market is inviting the community to help neighbors in need by participating in the 'Buy a Bunch for the Hungry' Summer Food Drive.

At both its popular Wednesday and Saturday markets, shoppers can donate food that will be distributed to families in Washington County by the Tualatin Valley Gleaners.

Select market vendors will offer two-for-one purchase options. For example: buy a bunch of carrots for yourself and donate another to the food drive.

The market is located across from the Beaverton City Library on Southwest Hall Boulevard, between Third and Fifth streets. Market hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Beaverton Mayor Dennis Doyle and city councilors will join in the effort during Saturday's market to thank customers and collect donations at the designated booth.

In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables from the market, other donations are happily accepted, including canned, bagged or boxed food; pet food; personal toiletry supplies; condiments; and protein sources such as canned tuna, chicken and other meats.

The Tualatin Valley Gleaners provide food, aid and other assistance to low-income families, the disabled, children and elderly in the Tualatin Valley. Member families participate in field and urban gleaning to help meet their needs with dignity.

The organization has more than 500 families in its member base and feeds about 187 families per week in Washington County. It operates daily under the leadership of volunteer President Heather Thompson with the support of a board of directors and guidance from Oregon Food Bank staff.

The Beaverton Resource Center serves as the distribution location every Saturday.

This is the first year for 'Buy a Bunch for the Hungry,' an event created by Beaverton Farmers Market manager Ginger Rapport. The Beaverton Farmers Market welcomes 20,000 shoppers a week, making it one of the largest farmers markets in the area.

Other farmers markets in Washington County have also joined forces to participate in the summer food drive throughout July and August.

For more information, visit www.beavertonfarmersmarket.com .

You can buy a bunch

Stop by any of these Washington County farmers markets to participate in the summer food drive:

  • Hillsboro Tuesday Market Place: Tuesday, July 12.

  • Hillsboro Tanasbourne Market: Wednesday, July 13.

  • Beaverton Wednesday Market: Wednesday, July 13.

  • Beaverton Farmers Market: Saturday, July 16.

  • Hillsboro Orenco Market: Sunday, July 24.

  • Tigard Farmers Market: Sunday, July 24.

  • Hillsboro Tuality Market: Thursday, Aug. 4.

  • Hillsboro Downtown Market: Saturday, Aug. 6.

  • Forest Grove Farmers Market: Wednesday, Aug. 10.

  • North Plains Farmers Market: Saturday, Aug. 13.

  • Aloha Farmers Market: Saturday, Aug. 20.

  • Cedar Mill Farmers Market: Saturday, Aug. 20.