Multnomah County seeks donated food and warm clothing

by Melanie Davis
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Portland, OR — The holidays are behind us, but the most basic human needs — for food and warm clothing — remain. In light of the continuing economic recession that has put many families on the verge of homelessness and greatly increased the demand for county services, the Multnomah County Board of County Commissioners is seeking donations of non-perishable food and warm winter clothing to help families that are less fortunate. The food and clothing drive will run from Jan. 3 through Feb. 4, 2011. Donations will benefit the Oregon Food Bank and clients of the Children's Community Clinic in Northeast Portland. This is the third year in a row that Multnomah County has held the drive. Last year’s effort netted one ton of food and six truckloads worth of donated clothing and other items. “We’re in the business of helping people, and we know the need is stronger than ever,†County Chair Jeff Cogen said in a news release. “Our past efforts for donations of needed items have brought out the best in people and we’re asking people to continue that spirit of generosity into the New Year.†Anyone can bring food or items that are in good condition to any of the following participating locations:
  • The Multnomah Building, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
  • Donald E. Long Juvenile Justice Center, 1401 NE 68th Ave.
  • Library administration, 205 NE Russell St.
  • North Portland Health Clinic, 9000 N. Lombard St.
  • Southeast Health Center, 3653 SE 34th Ave.
  • Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd.
  • Lincoln Building, 421 SW Oak St.
  • Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave.
  • Mid County Health Center, 12710 S.E. Division St.
  • Multnomah County East, 600 N.E. 8th St., Gresham