Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Washington prevails in “Fighting Hunger” food drive competition

Kim Eads

“Hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation” was again the theme of this year’s friendly competition between the Washington State Department of Agriculture and our Oregon Department of Agriculture counterparts.

The two departments together collected more than 190,000 pounds of donated food, easily surpassing the 85,000 pounds donated in 2014.

Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger was developed three years ago as a partnership between the dairy industry, supermarkets, food banks and departments of agriculture in Washington and Oregon. The partnership increases awareness of the challenges families face when children who typically rely on school lunches are out of the classroom for the summer.

WSDA Director Derek Sandison, center, displays the food drive trophy. 
All foods donated to this drive benefit Washington and Oregon residents in need.

The WSDA Food Assistance Program thanks all our agency co-workers across the state who helped in this effort, and everyone who donated.