For the fifth year, the NINA holiday food drive was a success, thanks to the dedication of NINA volunteers and the generosity of area businesses and their employees. This season, the drive brought in approximately 2,500 pounds of food for the Lift Urban Portland food bank, with 1,000 pounds of that generated by the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative’s (OBRC) employee giving contest. The drive also collected a few hundred dollars in cash contributions from individuals.
Gunderson, LLC very generously donated the use of their vehicle along with the time and effort of employees Fred Lacapra and Jason Joy in order to facilitate the delivery and pick up of the food barrels. Greg Madden (Madden Fabrication), Harold Hutchinson (HH Click Photography), Barbara & Joe Macnab (Star Industrial Supply) also delivered and picked up barrels throughout this year’s drive. Lastly, NINA collected additional donated food at the December monthly meeting.
All Participating Organizations:
- Accounting Connections
- Culver Glass
- General Tool
- Kinder Morgan
- Madden Fabrication
- Neighbors West-Northwest
- OnPoint Credit Union
- Portland Pattern
- Star Industrial Supply
- Southwest Office Supply & Interiors
Lift Urban Portland feeds around 855 people per month through all of their food distribution programs: Food for Kids Backpacks, home delivered food boxes to shut ins, harvest share of fresh produce, and their weekly food pantry.
Lift Urban Portland accepts cash and food donations any time of year, so if you missed the food drive, it’s not too late to give. Volunteer opportunities are also available in their office, their food programs, and the neighbors-helping-neighbors program. See the Lift Urban Portland website for more details.