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Bob Johnson hopes that his new Clackamas Rotary Food Project becomes a revolutionary way to collect food for those in need on a year-round basis.

Neighborhood coordinators enlist their neighbors to become donors to the Rotary Food Pantry. Coordinators give out reusable bags and suggest that donors buy one extra item from the list each time they go to the store. Then every two months, coordinators pick up the bags of food, leave an empty bag and bring the food to the Food Pantry.

Johnson calls the Clackamas project an early success already involving dozens of people, while Safeway donated 150 bags for the food collection. However, he makes it clear that he’s not trying to promote himself or Clackamas Rotary.

“What I am hoping for is the project to grow, and hopefully become countywide,” he said. “There are a lot of children who need food help. I do not want any young person to be deprived of nutrition, an education, or a chance to be a kid. So anything we adults can do, we should do.”

The Food Project originally was created in January 2009, by a small group of Ashland residents who wanted to make it easy for people to donate food. Now there are more than 350 volunteers picking up food from 5,000 Jackson County households in Medford, Central Point, Eagle Point, Jacksonville, Talent and Phoenix.

To volunteer in the Clackamas Rotary Food Project call 503-652-2196, or go online to clackamasrotary.org.

Clackamas Rotary Food Project’s most-needed items



hearty soups

canned tuna

canned beans



canned fruit

canned vegetables

Hamburger Helper


pasta sauce

mac n’ cheese

apple sauce

peanut butter

granola bars

Senior needs

dried fruit

ready-made pudding

pull-tab soups

single-serving soups

low-sodium crackers

Rowe Middle School’s End School-time Hunger needs

granola bars with peanut butter

Welch’s fruit snacks

string cheese

fruit leather

Austin crackers with peanut butter

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