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South Lane Food Project aims for year-round collection effort

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 3rd, 2013

Cottage Grove non-profit Community Sharing has been helping feed the community’s less fortunate as they work toward self-sufficiency for over 30 years. Now, organizers are hoping a new model of food collection can empower community members to be even more effective at helping battle hunger here year-round.

Last week, Food for Lane County announced the formation of the South Lane Food Project, which will enlist volunteers to solicit food donations at regular intervals throughout the year.

“We are excited to have a partner taking on this project,” said Alicia Hines, FFLC Food Resource Developer. “The concept is very simple. Volunteers called Neighborhood Coordinators enlist their neighbors to donate food once every two months and then collect the bags and bring them to Community Sharing’s food pantry.”

Hines said the model is similar to one that has been successful in Ashland since 2009 and in about two dozen other communities nationwide. Food for Lane County states that, in Ashland alone, more than 400,000 pounds of food have been collected in the last four years.

“This is a phenomenal opportunity for our community to join together to help us alleviate hunger,” said Community Sharing Director Mike Fleck. “We live in a wonderful community filled with people who want to help; the South Lane Food Project will make it easy.”

Hines echoed Fleck’s sentiment about locals who want to help their neighbors here, adding that this group of willing volunteers made Cottage Grove the ideal place to try the new food-collection model before bringing it to the rest of the County.

For the complete article see the 07-03-2013 issue.

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