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Local schools collect thousands of cans of food

LOHS and Lakeridge support the Oregon Food Bank, Tualatin School House Pantry and Hope Sparrow Services

REVIEW PHOTO: JILLIAN DALEY - Lake Oswego High School's Associated Student Body was in charge of the Lakers' canned food drive.The holidays just got a lot happier for some local families in need because of canned food drives at Lakeridge and Lake Oswego high schools.

Collection efforts brought in tens of thousands of cans — almost 33,000 cans at LOHS and about 17,000 at Lakeridge. (The totals include donations of nonperishable food and monetary contributions, with $1 being equal to three cans.)

At LOHS, the Associated Student Body ran the food drive from Dec. 7-18. The group also held a talent show and auctioned off dates with students to raise dollars. LOHS senior Emily Leach, a canned food drive organizer, says the school may not have met its goal of 50,000 cans, but she was still impressed with givers’ generosity.

“All of us feel blessed to live in a community like this,” Leach says.REVIEW PHOTO: JILLIAN DALEY - Lakeridge students Wesley Wells (left) and Julia Winett are the Associated Student Body philanthrophy directors. They were in charge of the Pacers' canned food drive.

The school is donating to Oregon Food Bank, which provides emergency food boxes to people in need, and to a local food pantry called Hope Sparrow Services, the compassionate outreach arm of Hope Community Church in Lake Oswego.

Lakeridge High School’s ASB canned food drive started Nov. 30. It was originally scheduled to run through Dec. 12, but students extended it to Dec. 18 to see if they could hit a target to achieve an attractive incentive, says Julia Winett, an event organizer.

Winett says teachers, including Karen Hoppes and Tim Provost, said they’d dye their hair blue if students gathered 25,000 cans. Though the school did not reach that milestone, Winett notes that collecting 17,000 cans is still an accomplishment.

“Lakeridge has such a generous community,” she says.

The school is donating to Oregon Food Bank and the Tualatin School House Pantry, a community-organized food bank that’s also part of Oregon Food Bank.

Both high school communities have a history of giving generously. Last year, the Lakeridge drive collected about 12,000 cans; in 2013, it was about 25,000 cans. The LOHS drive brought in 40,000 cans last year and 35,000 in 2013.

About 15 percent of Oregon Food Bank’s food comes from food drives, 13 percent is purchased, 23 percent comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and 49 percent is from the food industry (donations from growers, processors manufacturers, distributors, retailers), according to the Oregon Food Bank website. A $10 donation will feed a family of four for 3-5 days.

Students at schools throughout the state hold food drives and fundraisers in support of Oregon Food Bank.

“We really appreciate all the school kids who come through for us,” says Myrna Jensen, Oregon Food Bank’s marketing and communications associate for media relations.

By Jillian Daley
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