For those of us who always have a nice warm meal waiting for us at the end of the day or a baby loaf (or two!) of tasty Tillamook Cheese sitting in the fridge, the idea of standing in line to receive an emergency food box is pretty hard to imagine. But the fact is, hunger has reached an all-time high in the U.S., and more families are seeking emergency food services more than ever before. Here in our home state, we know that 1 in 5 Oregonians struggle with hunger, and one-third of those that receive food boxes from local food banks are children. These numbers are pretty alarming, especially when you consider that many of these people who are struggling to put food on their table each day might be your neighbors, co-workers and friends.
As a food producer and community leader, we at Tillamook feel it is our responsibility to help make a difference in the lives of people who are fighting hunger every day. That’s why we are proud for the ninth year in a row to support the KGW Great Food Drive, an incredibly valuable public service campaign here in Oregon that helps bring the community together to fight this serious issue of hunger.
During the month of March, we will be donating a portion of proceeds from any size or variety of Tillamook Cheese sold at stores throughout Oregon and SW Washington to the Great Food Drive, which supports the Oregon Food Bank. So, anytime you buy your favorite Tillamook Cheese in March, you’ll be helping us support people in need in our community. A great reason to stock the fridge this month!
Also – throughout March, we will be collecting donations at our Tillamook Cheese Factory Visitor Center in support of the Great Food Drive. So, if you stop by to visit us on the coast, you’ll also have a chance to help us make a difference for those struggling with hunger. And, on Wednesday, March 18, we’ll have a special visitor at the Tillamook Cheese Factory, when KGW’s own Drew Carney comes to broadcast live for the Newschannel 8 at Sunrise Show and the Noon Show. Stay tuned for details on a special chance to join Drew for breakfast that morning at the Tillamook Cheese Factory!
Last year the Great Food Drive campaign raised more than 856,000 of food for the Oregon Food Bank, which was enough to provide nearly 685,000 meals to those in need in our communities. Working together as a community, we hope to raise even more food and funds this year, so that we can continue to combat this serious issue. We hope you’ll join us!