Food For Lane County is helping launch a revolutionary way to address year-round hunger in the community of Cottage Grove. Under the leadership of Community Sharing Program, the South Lane Food Project is intended to be an easy way to help hungry neighbors.
“We are excited to have a partner taking on this project,” says Alicia Hines, FFLC Food Resource Developer. “The concept is very simple. Volunteers called Neighborhood Coordinators enlist their neighbors to donate food once every two months, the bags are collected and brought to Community Sharing’s food pantry.”
Based on a similar project that began in Ashland in 2009, the model is now thriving in more than 20 communities across the United States. In Ashland alone, more than 400,000 pounds of food have been collected in the last four years.
“This is a phenomenal opportunity for our community to join together to help us alleviate hunger,” said Mike Fleck, Director of Community Sharing, “We live in a wonderful community filled with people who want to help; the South Lane Food Project will make it easy.”
The Food Donors will be provided with a reusable, green South Lane Food Project grocery bag to fill with nonperishable food, then once every other month, beginning in August, Food Donors put the filled bags on their porch for collection. A new bag will be left with the donor and the cycle starts again.
Community Sharing is now filling these important volunteer roles and is hosting informational meetings about the South Lane Food Project for anyone who wants to help or learn more about the project:
Tuesday, July 9th,10:00-11:00 AM Cottage Grove Community Center
Saturday, July 13th,10:00-11:00 AM Cottage Grove Community Center
Tuesday, July 16th, 6:00-7:00 PM Stacy’s Covered Bridge Restaurant
For more information contact:
Alicia Hines, FFLC, 503-351-6385 cell, or Mike Fleck, CSP, 541-942-2176 office