Volunteers needed to help with Oregon Food Bank on May 11

Oregon Food Bank seeks volunteers to help make the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on May 11 a rousing success to benefit people who are hungry in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

“This is the largest one-day food drive in the country, quite possibly in the world. Here in Oregon, we really need the help of the entire community to help us collect 1.5 million pounds of food on May 11,” said Maryann Brunner, partner events coordinator, Oregon Food Bank.

In Oregon, more than 4,000 letter carriers in urban and rural areas will join the national effort to pick up food from postal customers. Oregon Food Bank invites citizens to be part of this effort. Carriers in Lake Oswego will be participating.

Last year, letter carriers collected close to 1.3 million pounds in Oregon and Southwest Washington, which was then distributed throughout the Oregon Food Bank Network of 20 regional food banks and more than 900 partner agencies.

Here’s how you can help:

Volunteer at a post office. Greet letter carriers as they return from collecting food from postal customers on their routes. Help unload the food from their vehicles. To sign up, visit

Adopt-a-Route. Oregon Food Bank is organizing Adopt-a-Route in the Portland metropolitan area. Well-identified volunteers will follow letter carriers on their postal routes and help pick up food.

“Letter carriers can use our help with the heavy lifting on that day,” said Brunner. “You can be of great assistance to their working day by helping to pick up food donations and to deliver the food to the local post office.”

To sign up, go to or call Lindsay Duvall, OFB volunteer scheduling and outreach coordinator, at 503-282-0555, ext. 3393.

Use your professional truck. Are you a professional truck driver with a truck? OFB can use your help. Fill your truck with food donations at the post office and deliver the food donations to OFB. To volunteer, call Alan McNew, OFB transportation manager, 503-282-0555, ext. 2255.

And, most important: Fill a bag of food and place it by your mailbox May 11.

Most-wanted foods include:

  • Shelf-stable milk

  • Food high in protein such as canned meats (e.g., tuna, chicken, salmon) and canned or dried beans

  • Foods high in nutrients, such as canned fruits and vegetables (preferably with reduced sodium and reduced sugar)

  • Whole-grain foods such as brown rice, whole grain cereal and whole-wheat pasta

  • Soups, chilies and stews (preferably with reduced sodium and reduced fat)

  • 100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed)

  • Unsaturated cooking oils

  • And other nutritious, “healthy-choice” foods (preferably with reduced fat, sodium and sugar).

    Please don’t donate:

  • Rusty or unlabeled cans, glass containers, perishable items, homemade items, noncommercial canned or packaged items, alcoholic beverages, mixes or soda, open or used items.

    If you miss your letter carrier’s visit on May 11, drop off your food donations at either of the two Lake Oswego post offices by May 15.

    The OFB Network helps nearly 1 in 5 households fend off hunger. OFB also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through advocacy, nutrition education, garden education and helping communities strengthen local food systems.

    For more information, visit

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