Tualatin Kiwanis Lauch Holiday Food Drive

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Tualatin Kiwanis members Ron Hood (left) and Wallie Downs deliver a barrel of food to the Tualatin Schoolhouse Pantry.

The Tualatin Kiwanis Club has been putting on a Holiday Food Drive since the 1980’s. It started off as a way to gather food items to deliver to individual families in the community who were in need. Retail stores and businesses in the community were contacted to place a barrel in their facility to gather non-perishable food items. Then the food was sorted and packed in boxes for distribution by the Kiwanis Club members. Food boxes were delivered to the families along with toys supplied by City of Tualatin employees.

After several years, the project became so successful in the amount of food gathered that a decision was made to transition it to partner with the Tualatin Schoolhouse Food Pantry. Since then, the food gathered from the barrels by the Tualatin Kiwanis has been delivered to the Food Pantry where it can be distributed to a wider number of families. The Kiwanis Holiday Food Drive has generally averaged over 2,000 pounds of food to be provided to the Food Pantry to benefit families in need throughout the community. When you see a food barrel at a local participating business, please help by contributing non-perishable food items. If your business would like to have us place a food barrel there, please email Wallie Downs at mg-pins@usa.com.

The Tualatin Kiwanis Club is a community service club dedicated to making our community a little better. The main emphasis of the organization is helping children, and in that effort the Kiwanis Club sponsors community service clubs at three of the local high schools (Tualatin, West Linn, and Lakeridge). In addition, the club supports a summer camp for children and adults with disabilities. If you are interested in joining or finding out more about the group, email Wallie Downs at mg-pins@usa.com.