by: Ellen Worcester, 
Waiting for a food pick-up near the SunGarden Montessori Children’s House are two of its students and some of the food they collected to support West Linn Feeds the Hungry, the city’s month-long food drive. Pictured are Madeline Keyser, left, and Long Wong.

In a model collaborative effort, West Linn residents from all walks of life donated and collected donations to help prevent local families from being hungry.

During the month-long 'West Linn Feeds The Hungry' event, more than 30,000 pounds of non-perishable food was gathered and distributed to the West Linn Food Pantry and the Oregon Food Bank.

In addition, well over $1,000 was collected to help the agencies buy perishable food to supplement the preserved food supplies to make a more balanced diet.

'Our modest town of West Linn distinguished itself last month in a huge gesture of generosity,' said Ellen Worcester, chair of the steering committee.

Wide participation made the event a success, including public schools, private and preschools, Marylhurst University, businesses, civic nonprofit organizations, youth groups, churches and local government offices.

Partner organizations sponsoring the food drive included the city of West Linn, West Linn-Wilsonville School District, West Linn Lions Club, West Linn Chamber of Commerce and the West Linn Tidings.

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