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Local aid group to hold monthly food market posted on 09/01/2018

Steve Carlson, Chair of Neighborhood Missions (NM), noted that a goal of the organization – which has aided area residents in need of food, firewood and means to pay for utilities, rent, prescriptions and more for more than 20 years – is to be more broadly based in the community. The organization has functioned through the Hoodland Lutheran Church and will now also partner with the Oregon Food Bank (OFB) to provide a monthly free food market. The free food market will take place from 9-10 a.m. on the last Monday of each month, starting with Monday, Sept. 24, in the parking lot behind the Hoodland Senior Center, 65000 Hwy. 26 in Welches.

“We’re excited about this,” Carlson said, noting OFB contacted the organization last winter about the prospect of becoming a partner agency. “We’re also excited about a new partnership with Senior Center.”

OFB will bring food to the location, including dry goods and in-season produce, and it will be available to everyone, as there are no criteria or prerequisites to qualify. Participants will only be asked for their zip code and the number of people in their household, and they are encouraged to bring bags or boxes to transport the food to their home. Carlson added that NM will continue with its usual food distributions, which consist of people in need calling in to leave a message about their needs and a delivery will be arranged. The phone number is 503-622-9213.

“We will continue doing that, which will really be supplemental for some people,” he said.

For more information, email hoodlandlutheranchurch@gmail.com.

By Garth Guibord/MT

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