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Cheese sales and Tillamook Cheese Factory events provide community opportunities to participate throughout March

March 2, 2012
For the sixth year in a row, the Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) will help fight hunger as the presenting sponsor of the KGW Great Food Drive during the month of March. A benefit for the Oregon Food Bank, the Great Food Drive is a hunger relief and awareness campaign to help raise food for those in need in Tillamook County and across the state of Oregon.

As part of TCCA’s participation in the Great Food Drive, the company will donate a portion of proceeds from any size or variety of Tillamook cheese sold throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington to the Oregon Food Bank during the month of March.

In an effort to encourage participation by the local community, this year Tillamook will also feature promotions throughout the month of March at the Tillamook Cheese Factory Visitor Center. There will be a different Great Food Drive special featured each week for anyone who donates two non-perishable food items or $2.00 cash:

March 4-10: Receive $1.00 off your order at the Tillamook ice cream counter

March 11-17: Receive a FREE coffee, pop or milk with any breakfast or lunch entrée purchase at the Tillamook Creamery Café (excludes juices)

March 18-24: Receive 10 percent off all Tillamook branded apparel and souvenirs

March 25-31: Buy one pound of fudge, get a half pound free

This year’s Great Food Drive goal is to raise 500,000 pounds of food to fill the shelves of regional food banks and hunger-relief agencies that help families in Tillamook County and throughout the state.

“As a food producer and century-old member of the Oregon business community, we feel it is our responsibility to help make a difference in people’s lives who are fighting hunger every day in our hometown of Tillamook County and across the state,” said Harold Strunk, Tillamook president and CEO. “We are proud to support the KGW Great Food Drive for the sixth year in our ongoing fight against hunger. Working together as a community, hopefully we can begin to combat this serious issue.”

TCCA’s participation in the Great Food Drive is part of the company’s larger charitable giving objective surrounding food security. In addition to the more than $131,000 the company has contributed to the Oregon Food Bank in support of the Great Food Drive over the past five years, TCCA has also donated more than $125,000 worth of Tillamook cheese over the past six years to local schools for the lunch services program. TCCA also partners with the Regional Food Bank of Tillamook County to provide year-round support through monetary and product donations.

For more information about the Great Food Drive, visit www.KGWGreatFoodDrive.com.

About Tillamook County Creamery Association
Established in 1909, the Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) prides themselves on their commitment to providing families with the most consistent, best tasting, highest quality dairy products made in the most natural way possible. The farmer-owned cooperative is famously known for its award-winning, naturally aged cheddars and is quickly becoming one of the top dairy brands in the country. Tillamook offers a variety of cheese, ice cream, butter, sour cream and yogurt products.