Wilco Coop joins in to help the Oregon FFA & Les Schwab Tire Centers in the Drive Away Hunger initiative.
Many Oregon residents struggle to provide food for themselves and their families. In fact, according to Feeding America, 510,080 Oregonians are food insecure. That’s about 1 in 8 individuals.
It is for this reason Oregon FFA, Les Schwab Tire Centers, Wilco, and Grange Co-op stores across Oregon geared up during the month of October to #DriveAwayHunger.
Each year Oregon FFA members, advisors, volunteers, and partnering stores and newspapers across Oregon have worked together to grow the impact of the initiative.
This year the #DriveAwayHunger initiative raised more food and dollars to help those in need than any year prior. In total 580,084 pounds of food were raised. That equals 435,171 meals to help those in need this holiday season.
In addition to local chapter efforts, community members were encouraged to drop food off at local Les Schwab, Wilco, or Grange Co-op stores, and collection bags were distributed by the Capital Press and EO Media. Most of the food raised through this initiative will be distributed by the Oregon Food Bank Network and will remain in the communities in which it was donated.