September Is National Hunger Action Month

– Help your neighbors by donating to the food bank this month – The 2009 Oregon Food Bank drive at the Beaverton Activity Center.

In honor of National Hunger Action Month, the City of Beaverton is teaming up with Oregon Food Bank to promote this cause. Starting Sept. 3, there will be donation barrels set up at The Beaverton Building (12725 SW Millikan Way) and the Beaverton City Library (12375 SW 5th Street) through the end of the month.

“As a community, we must do everything we can to fight hunger,” said Mayor Denny Doyle. “When we work together we can truly make a difference. So please join your fellow neighbors by donating food this month.”

Oregon Food Bank will accept the following items, shelf-stable milk, canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon), canned fruits, vegetables, and beans, dried beans, whole-grain cereal, brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, soups, chilies, stews, 100 percent fruit juice, unsaturated cooking oils and other nutritious foods. All glass items must be in a box or bag and labeled “glass” on all sides.

These donations are assembled into food boxes and distributed to families and children. Each month 270,000 people receive meals from emergency food boxes–92,000 of that number are children.

Hunger Action Month is a nationwide campaign that is geared towards raising awareness around the issue of hunger and what steps the public can do to help. To raise awareness, the Feeding America organization declared orange as the Hunger Action Month color. Individuals can take a photo and post it to the organizations Facebook page or twitter page using the #HungerAction.

For more information or to get involved locally, visit www.OregonFoodBank.org or for national information visit www.FeedingAmerica.org.

In 2014, Beaverton was again recognized as the safest city in the Pacific Northwest. In 2012, the city was awarded the Mayors’ Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It was one of just four cities of its size recently recognized as a “Smarter City” energy leader by the Natural Resources Defense Council and one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine. In addition, Beaverton was named one of the best places to raise kids by BusinessWeek magazine, an All-America City finalist, as one of the top 25 Suburbs for Retirement by Forbes.com, one of the 100 Best Walking Cities in America by Prevention magazine, the Recycler of the Year from the Association of Oregon Recyclers, a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a Bronze Award Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists and as one of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Communities, the Beaverton Community Vision program was named Public Involvement Project of the Year–Best Planning Project by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Cascade Chapter. Beaverton also enjoys one of the most diverse populations in Oregon. For more information, reminders and community news, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov, like the City of Beaverton on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityofBeaverton, or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CityofBeaverton.