Here's an easy way to help folks get through the winter cold.
Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen
and Commissioners Loretta Smith
, Diane McKeel
and Judy Shiprack
announced a winter food and warm clothing drive today, benefiting the Oregon Food Bank
and Children's Community Clinic
To donate through Feb. 4, bring non-perishable food and warm clothing to the 10 drop-off locations around Portland, listed here
(PDF), including the main drop-off site at the Multnomah Building (501 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.).
"This is going to make it easier for [Portland] families to make it through the winter," said Smith, who began her four-year term today.
"Giving needs to be something that happens year-round," said Cogen, "and we're asking people to help."
The demand for winter essentials has grown with the continuing economic recession. "The need [for food donations] has increased as food industry donations have dropped...food crises are increasing," said Oregon Food Bank Executive Director Rachel Bristol.