|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.
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By Garth Guibord/MT