The Oregon City churches that band together to feed hungry people with emergency food boxes will conduct a community food drive in an effort to restock their food pantries from Monday, April 8 through April 29.

These five churches operate emergency food pantries year-round through the HOPE Food Project (Helping Other People Eat), formed in 1988.

A volunteer team from the Oregon City Methodist Church is taking the lead in placement and downloading of collection barrels and donation jars. For information, call the church office at 503-656-3433.

Together these churches provided emergency food boxes in 2012 to almost 11,000 households in the Oregon City area, including Gladstone and West Linn. This served 43,000 people. Families and individuals needing food may come to HOPE about every 30 days and receive a nutritionally balanced three-day supply of food. Eligibility is based on USDA income guidelines.

Canned goods, boxed meals and nonperishable food items are wanted for collection barrels. Money placed in the donation jars later will be used to buy food from the Oregon Food Bank. Each dollar will buy 20 pounds. All the collected food and money will go to pantries, churches say.

The HOPE Project churches and the days for their food pantries are: Mondays, First Nazarene Church on Seventh and Taylor streets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Tuesdays, First Presbyterian Church on corner of Lynn Ave and Warner-Milne from 1 to 4 p.m.; Wednesdays, Oregon City Methodist Church, 18955 South End Road from 1 to 3:45 p.m.; Thursdays, St. Vincent de Paul at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church on Fourth and Center streets from 4 to 5 p.m.; Fridays, 1st Baptist Church on Ninth and John Adams from 1 to 4 p.m.

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