The Hunger Prevention Coalition of Central Oregon (HPC) is sending out checks totaling more than $36,000 to 13 Central Oregon food programs. HPC raises and distributes funds to area food programs that directly serve needy individuals and families, with the requirement that the money be used to increase the amount of nutritious food given out. This is a larger than usual quarterly distribution because it includes the proceeds from the “Rude Rudy 2010 Golf Tournament Fundraiser” sponsored by Rudy Dory, owner of the Newport Avenue Market. The balance of the money includes 100% of the proceeds raised through the Hunger Prevention Coalition’s “Help Fill Empty Plates” program, donations from generous shoppers in the cooperating markets. “All of us in the Coalition are very grateful for the continuing support of the hundreds of shoppers who use the coupons to help us fulfill our mission, which is to work together to increase nutritious food for the hungry in Central Oregon”, said Heidi Weiss-Hoffman, Board President of HPC.
The 2010 recipient agencies include: St. Vincent de Paul food pantries in Bend, LaPine, Prineville and Redmond, Adventist Community Service Center in Bend, the Salvation Army and the Holy Trinity Care and Share program in Sun River. Funds were also distributed to food sites where meals are served; LaPine Community Kitchen, Family Kitchen, Bethlehem Inn, Saving Grace, Bend’s Community Center, and Oasis Soup Kitchen in Prineville. Collectively, these agencies serve more than 12,000 people a month and the demand is on the rise.
Stores currently participating in the “Help Fill Empty Plates” program include the Newport Avenue Market, several area Erickson-Sentry and Ray’s Food Place Markets, The Sunriver Country Store, Terrebonne Select Market, Food 4 Less and Grocery Outlets in Redmond and Prineville and Tumalo Country Store. The program seeks more stores to participate, and volunteers to help keep up the placards by replenishing the coupons. The coupons can be purchased in $2.45 (single meal), $5.00 (family meal), and $10.00 (provides family with a food basket) increments. 100% of the proceeds go directly to the Hunger Prevention Coalition.