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News Release
It's a Food Fight! Fight Hunger with Lions Clubs! - 12/21/17

According to the Oregon Food Bank, the rate of "food insecurity" (being without access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food) in Oregon is 16.1%. That means that about 644,000 Oregonians are food insecure and of those, 223,480 are children. Hunger hurts children, families, seniors, veterans and the disabled. 1 in 5 neighbors are facing food insecurity.

The Lions Club members of Oregon plan to do what they can about that during a time when the shelves of local and regional food pantries are almost empty following the holiday season. One of the Lions Clubs International "service initiatives" is to "Fight Hunger" and that's what the Lions of Oregon will do during the month of January, and particularly during their International Week of Service, January 8-14, 2018.

The Lions are the world's largest service organization with more than 1.45 million members in over 210 countries and are still celebrating their 100th anniversary by doing more service activities and projects than ever. In Oregon, there are 146 Lions Clubs in communities throughout the state. Many may recognize the Lions for their work in vision care and preservation, but the Lions do more including word-wide disaster relief, battling diabetes and measles and, of course, fighting hunger.

The challenge has gone out to all Lions Clubs throughout Oregon to raise 15 tons of non-perishable food to be donated to their local food bank, food pantry or shelter to help neighbors in need during the month of January. The Lions need your help to accomplish this challenge.

72% of food bank clients live below the federal poverty level and 18% of clients are 65 years or older. Food insecurity and hunger prey on the most vulnerable segments of our population. Look for the Lions in your community for their non-perishable food collection; or, make a cash donation with your local Lions; or, go to www.oregonfoodbank.org to donate or find other ways to help. If you have a local food bank or pantry in your community, donate directly or find other ways to help.

If you have any questions about this Lions service project or any Oregon Lions Club information, please go to www.md36lionsclubs. For more information about Lions service internationally, please see www.lionsclubs.org.