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1,600 Families to Be Helped in Mass Distribution Through Salvation Army & Feed The Children Partnership
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The Salvation Army - Portland Metro
8495 SE Monterey Ave.
Happy Valley, OR 97086
Community Relations Director
The Salvation Army & Feed The Children:
Together Impacting 1,600 Portland-area Families
on July 27, 2011
(Portland, OR) July 6, 2011 - 1,600 families will be helped this summer thanks to a partnership between The Salvation Army and Feed The Children's Americans Feeding Americans project. On Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 4 semi-trucks full of food boxes, hygiene and household products will arrive at the Regal Lloyd Center Stadium 10 Cinema parking lot, located at 1510 NE Multnomah Blvd., Portland, OR 97232, where Salvation Army staff and over 100 volunteers will hand out one of each type of box to 1,600 of Portland's less-fortunate families. These boxes will be distributed to those who show up between 9am until 1:30pm and present a voucher.
Families who meet the requirements for food assistance can pick up a voucher between now and July 19, 2011 at any of The Salvation Army Corps in the Portland Metropolitan area (addresses listed below). A voucher must be present in order to receive food, hygiene, and household products. Then, on July 27th, 2011, the families can bring these vouchers to the Regal Lloyd Center Stadium 10 Cinema parking lot, where Lloyd Center has generously permitted The Salvation Army to stage this mass distribution.
The pre-packaged boxes will contain canned foods and other non-perishable items, household products such as paper towels and toilet paper, hygiene items like soap and deodorant, household cleaners, and Avon products. Staff and more than 100 volunteers will be on site throughout the course of the day unloading boxes and helping families to their cars. Families will need to provide their own means of transportation to and from the distribution site and a way to carry the 3 boxes home with them.
Over 100 volunteers will be needed from 8:30am until 3pm with volunteer shifts lasting between 2 and 3 hours. As some of the boxes will be filled with food, it is likely that the boxes will weigh more than 25lbs a piece so several individuals are needed with the ability to lift 25lbs or more during their shift. If this sounds like an event you, your friends, and/or your company would like to be a part of, then please contact either Rhona Brant at 503.794.3245 for more information or to arrange to volunteer.
If you or someone you know needs food assistance, please direct them to their local Corps:
Gresham Center for Worship & Service
473 SE 194th Ave.
Portland, OR 97233
Moore Street Community & Worship Center
5325 N. Williams Ave.
Portland, OR 97217
503.493.3925 ext. 24
Tualatin Valley Citadel
351 SE Oak St.
Hillsboro, OR 97123
1712 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232
This distribution is the latest stop on Feed The Children's Americans Feeding Americans Caravan, which has helped more than 100,000 families across the country in cities that have been affected by the nation's economic downturn. Feed The Children is planning similar distributions throughout the rest of the year.
Press interviews are available during the distribution. All media is invited to join Salvation Army staff and volunteers for this event. Please contact Constance Grecco to arrange an interview. You can reach her at 503.794.3287 or email@example.com ionarmy.org.
For more pictures from the 2010 distribution in Portland, visit The Salvation Army Portland Metro's Facebook page and view the Americans Feeding Americans distribution album. www.facebook.com/SalvationA rmyPortland
Click here to watch a video from last year's distribution, created by Feed The Children.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 124 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at www.salvationarmyportland.org. People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 503.238.GIVE (4483), or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844.
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About Feed The Children
Founded in 1979, Feed The Children is consistently ranked as one of the 10 largest international charities in the U.S., based on private, non-government support. Feed The Children is a Christian, international, nonprofit relief organization with headquarters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, that delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disasters. In FY 2009, Feed The Children distributed more than 111 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and their families in all 50 states and internationally. Since its founding, the organization has reached out to help those in need around the globe. For more information, please visit www.feedthechildren.org.