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TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Wagons of food from Willamette Primary arrive at the Food Pantry despite a downpour.Not even a torrential downpour could stop Willamette Primary third-graders from delivering hundreds of pounds of food to the West Linn Food Pantry last week.

Thursday, April 14, two separate classes took turns slogging through the rain toward the Willamette United Methodist Church with wagons teeming with food items in tow. Primary schools throughout West Linn have taken turns in recent months collecting and donating food to the nonprofit organization, which provides emergency food services to families in West Linn and Lake Oswego.

Despite the poor weather, kids seemed happy to help, loading piles of food onto scales for weighing before sorting.

“I wasn’t even sure if they were going to come because of the weather,” said volunteer Maury Morse.

“They bring so much energy and excitement when the kids come with supplies,” said volunteer Phil Rees. “When they come it’s one of my favorite parts of volunteering.”

In total Willamette students donated 1,486 pounds of food.

Families may obtain a food box from the West Linn Food Pantry containing a 3-5 day supply of food once a month. They may also come in weekly to pick up perishable items such as bread, produce and pastries. TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Phil Rees weighs a box of food brought in by Kaleb Wavra.