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Legacy employees donate food for summer hunger

The Outlook

Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center employees donated 928 pounds of food and some cash in Legacy Health’s second annual May company-wide food drive.

Counting food and cash donations, Legacy brought in 22,390 pounds of food, system-wide, exceeding its goal of 22,000 pounds. The goal represents two pounds of food donated for each of Legacy’s 11,000 employees. The proceeds will go to 14 different food banks in Legacy’s service area.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: LEGACY MOUNT HOOD MEDICAL CENTER - A driver for Birch Community Services loads up a van with the food donated by Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center employees. In Gresham, SnowCap Community Charities and Birch Community Services will each receive 17 boxes of food.

Legacy holds the drive in May to provide a significant amount of food during the time of year when food banks get fewer donations and food pantry cupboards often grow bare. It’s theme is “May no one go hungry.”

SnowCap welcomes the donation. “It makes a powerful and profound statement that hunger doesn’t take a holiday,” said Kirsten Wageman, assistant director of SnowCap.

“This is not the time of the year when people necessarily think about hunger and it is so important for Legacy and its employees to raise awareness that hunger is an important issue in our community.”

More than 250,000 people in the Portland metropolitan area and Southwest Washington — a third of them children — don’t know where their next meal is coming from, Legacy said in an announcement.

Last year, Legacy Health raised 9,319 pounds of food and $6,766 in cash, which went to 11 food banks.

This year Legacy exceeded its goal and added three new organizations to benefit from the food drive.

During the summer, many children no longer have access to free meals at school and families need the support of our community food banks more than ever, Legacy said.