Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Oregon Food Bank

*37% of those eating meals from an emergency food box are children*

*22% of those receiving an emergency food box are disabled*

*47% of households receiving emergency food had at least one working member*

Today I spent the afternoon at the Oregon Food Bank with 70+ coworkers providing volunteer assistance in their Portland action center. OFB recovers food from many sources (Farms, manufacturers, retailers, individuals, etc) and distributes it to 20 regional foodbanks across Oregon to fight hunger. This is the second year the Global Brand group at Nike has volunteered at the OFB and it truly makes me feel very thankful and blessed for the many things I often take for granted in my life.

If you get the opportunity to volunteer, regardless of what it is, do it. You may think that one person can't make a difference but it is the power of one many times over where gains are made. We spent the day re-packaging rice into 2 lb bags to be included in emergency food kits distributed to families in need. With just a 3 hour commitment, we impacted the lives of many Oregonians who will now have a warm meal vs. going hungry.

Based on the amount of rice we processed, we helped to feed 17,098 people or 251 people per volunteer. While this was amazing on the one hand, I really struggled with the fact that there are many people out there having real difficulty just meeting their basic needs.

Count your blessings.

*Peace*

6 Comments:

Blogger Cliff said...

You are a good man, Mike.

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike,

Great job and great reminder. Thanks.

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blessings counted, now it is our turn to make the effort and share those blessings as well. Thanks Mike. ~j

1:06 PM  
Blogger Lora said...

May God bless you.

6:06 PM  
Blogger robtherunner said...

Amen to that Mike.

9:06 PM  
Blogger Darrell said...

Nice work Mike. Your last paragraph reminds me just how staggering the need is right here in our own backyards and also how easily we miss it.

11:20 PM  

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