Volunteers welcome to assist efforts on Friday and Saturday

by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Students at Jesuit High School fill boxes of food that will be delivered to needy families during the schools 2010 annual food drive. The food helped feed 500 families in Multnomah and Washington counties.As Jesuit High School students gather food collected over a two-week period to compile into boxes for the school’s 45th annual food drive, the school’s Student Center will transform early this morning into a food sorting and distribution center with goods reaching the 15-foot-high ceiling.

Students, faculty and staff from the school at 9000 S.W. Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway volunteered throughout Wednesday night, sorting and preparing food to deliver to 361 Portland-area families today (Thursday) beginning at noon.

The Jesuit drive has seen a significant increase in participation since it raised $350 in 1969, the drive’s inaugural year. Students committed to supply enough food for 577 families, the amount of food first-period classes pledged last year.

“As Jesuit High School has grown, so has its food drive,” said Scott Powers, the food drive coordinator. “The drive not only helps families during Christmas, but also provides non-perishable foods for local food banks as well. We are seeing many first time families signing up for food boxes this year. The need is tremendous.”

Families are pre-selected through Milwaukie-based St. Vincent de Paul Portland Council, an organization dedicated to providing compassion and support to individuals in need, regardless of race, origin, religion or gender.

Sorting begins today, immediately following the conclusion of the student drive. Those interested in delivering food on Saturday, or helping to prepare food boxes today or Friday can call the Jesuit alumni office at 503-291-5414 or visit This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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