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Share kicks off food drive to benefit Clark County

Nonprofit’s Appeal for Meals campaign gathers goods to feed community members in need

By , Columbian staff writer
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Molly Evjen, Share's director of volunteers and community resources, reviews donations dropped off at Share's Fromhold Service Center at 2306 N.E. Andresen Road as the organization's annual Appeal for Meals campaign kicked off Thursday.
Molly Evjen, Share's director of volunteers and community resources, reviews donations dropped off at Share's Fromhold Service Center at 2306 N.E. Andresen Road as the organization's annual Appeal for Meals campaign kicked off Thursday. (Photos by James Rexroad for The Columbian) Photo Gallery

On Thursday afternoon, a steady stream of cars stopped by the Share Fromhold Service Center to drop off boxes of peanut butter, Cup ‘O Noodles, canned soups and more.

By 1 p.m., just an hour into the food drive, more than 200 pounds of food had been dropped off.

Within a few weeks, that food will be distributed across Clark County through Share’s meal and nutrition programs, which serve more than 2,000 individuals in Clark County every year, according to Share’s Hunger and Nutrition Programs Manager Becci Read-Ryan.

“We serve a lot of people here in Clark County,” she said.

Thursday’s food drive kicked off Share’s Appeal for Meals campaign, which raises funds and donations for Share’s Fresh Food Pantries, Backpack, Summer Meals, Outreach and Hot Meals programs. Collectively, the programs distribute more than 1.2 million pounds of food a year.

Financial donations can be made to the campaign until June 11.

All financial donations will be matched up to $78,000. Matching donors this year include Jan and Steve Oliva, KMR Group Foundation, New Season’s Market Fisher’s Landing, Tod and Maxine McClaskey Family Foundation, OnPoint Community Credit Union, Pacific Premier Bank, Diane Kimmel, NW Nutrition Chapter 17, Helen Tollman and an anonymous donor.

Donations can be made at sharevancouver.org/mealappeal. Donors can also mail in a check to support the campaign: Share, Attn: Appeal for Meals, 2306 N.E. Andresen Road, Vancouver WA 98661.

“Share’s meal and nutrition programs provide food and meals to thousands of people each year,” said Share Executive Director Diane McWithey. “They include individuals and families who are working, but who are still not able to make enough money to make ends meet, as well as those experiencing homelessness. Family budgets remain tight. Food coming home with children through our Backpack and Fresh Food Pantry programs not only mean nutritious meals, but less stress for parents.”

In addition to Thursday’s food drive, organizations throughout Clark County can host their own food drives to support the Appeal for Meals campaign. Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, for example, has signed up to collect food donations for Share through the summer.

“Even though the financial appeal ends in June, the appeal does go on, and people can host their own food drives,” said Share spokeswoman Jessica Lightheart. “We have blue collection barrels that we’ll send out to those doing their own drives.”

If you’re interested in hosting your own food drive for Share, Contact Share’s Volunteer and Community Resources Coordinator Maggie Bernetich at 564-888-0821 or mbernetich@sharevancouver.org for more information.

This year, Share hopes to raise more than $78,000 and 12,000 pounds of food. In 2020, the organization raised $192,000. In 2021, it raised $111,000 and 17,000 pounds of food. (A food drive wasn’t held in 2020).

Securing state and federal grants for meal programs can be difficult, Lightheart said, which is why Share turns to private donors during the Appeal for Meals campaign.

This year’s campaign comes at a crucial time, Lightheart said. Today in Clark County, one in four people are unsure where their next meal is coming from.

“After 2½ years of this pandemic, the world has changed in a lot of ways,” she said. “Share serves a population of people that had traumas to begin with, and the last couple of years haven’t helped.”

To learn more about the Appeal for Meals campaign, visit sharevancouver.org/mealappeal. To learn more about Share’s meal and nutrition programs, visit sharevancouver.org.

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