The Easter Bunny is making a safe return to Tualatin and the Community Park, 8515 SW Tualatin Rd., Tualatin, on Saturday, April 3, 2021. The same place he’s been coming to for 47 years for the famous Tualatin Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt. Except for this year, due to the effects of COVID-19 and to keep everyone safe, he’ll be joining the Tualatin Lions to raise funds for the Oregon Food Bank and safely pass out Easter candy to kiddos age 8 and younger.
The Tualatin Lions Easter Food Bank Fundraiser, in partnership with the Easter Bunny, will take place on Saturday, April 3, 2021, from 10 am to 2:30 p.m. The Lions will accept drive-through donations, including cash, checks and credit/debit cards. The Oregon Food Bank cannot accept public food donations at this time, but they will make every donated dollar multiply several times to provide quality food for people in need.
In what are considered “normal times,” 14% of Oregonians experience “food insecurity,” which refers to a lack of available financial resources for food at the household level. However, during the pandemic, that level has risen to 25% and up to 30% in BIPOC populations. Many factors have caused this increase in food insecurity in Oregon communities, including unemployment, under-employment, increased insurance costs, increased housing costs and the looming threat of illness. The Tualatin Lions and the Easter Bunny aim to make a dent in this situation on April 3.
The Tualatin Lions Club has supported the work of the Oregon Food Bank and all of its partner food pantries in the region for years. And, they know the impact of hunger and food insecurity in the region and all over Oregon. Children need good nutrition to keep learning to their potential; parents need good nutrition to keep providing for their families, and seniors need good nutrition to stay healthy. The Lions’ motto is “We Serve,” which is a way to let the friends of the Tualatin Lions join in serving their communities and fighting hunger.
The Tualatin Lions invite anyone who has ever hunted Easter Eggs or brought their children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren to Community Park since 1973 to hunt Easter Eggs, to return to Community Park between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 3, 2021, and look for the Tualatin Lions, scouts from Troop 530, the Venture Crew and Easter Bunny, (there will be signs pointing the way) and safely donate to help hungry Oregonians right through the driver’s window of your vehicle. And bring those kids because Easter Bunny is bringing sacks of Easter candy, just like he always does.