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Sunshine Division seeks volunteers for summer food delivery

The Portland Police Bureau’s Sunshine Division, better known for its Christmas food baskets, is looking for volunteers to help with its first summer food delivery.

The division has collected food for its Hunger Doesn’t Vacation program. On Saturday, June 22, division volunteers will deliver food more than 1,000 boxes of food to local families in need.

“Hunger is not seasonal,” says Kyle Camberg, Sunshine Division executive director. “We hope the community will support us like they do during the holidays.”

Volunteers will deliver 1,100 food boxes on Saturday. The program has 75 volunteers signed up, but really needs another 150, Camberg says.

To volunteer, contact Kris Padden, Sunshine Division volunteer coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by calling 503-823-2176.

Last summer, the Hunger Doesn’t Vacation program ran a food drive. In its second year, the program has expanded to include this week’s delivery.

“We want to draw attention by doing outreach into the community with families with kids,” said Camberg.

About 50 percent of Portland Public Schools students receive free or reduced lunch and breakfast each school year. During the summer, those children don’t always have access to food programs, which Camberg says makes this week’s delivery significant. The boxes will have food aimed at families with children.

Volunteers are asked to arrive at the Sunshine Division Warehouse, 687 N. Thompson St., or the police bureau’s North Precinct, 449 N.E. Emerson St., at 9 a.m.

Hunger Doesn’t Vacation is a partnership by the Sunshine Division, BedMart, Les Schwab Tire Centers and New Seasons Markets.

“This mirrors what we do at the holidays,” Camberg says. “We hope this becomes a long standing tradition."