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Camas and Washougal Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary clubs join forces to address hunger

The Columbian
Published: September 23, 2023, 5:50am

HAZEL DELL — Community service took center stage during the week of Sept. 11 as local area Kiwanis, Lions, and Rotary clubs addressed food instability during the service organizations’ third annual Celebrate Community initiative. Together, more than 20 volunteers from the Camas and Washougal clubs gathered at the 78th Street Heritage Farm to harvest and process bush beans. The farm is the site of Clark County Food Bank’s Farming and Gleaning Program.

The program’s mission is to increase the amount of fresh, nutritious food distributed through 34 partner agencies across Clark County. The program localizes the emergency food supply and engages and educates the community through volunteer opportunities. Abbey Price, farming and gleaning associate, said volunteer opportunities still exist as the harvesting of corn and carrots continues.

Camas Lions President Stephanie O’Dell reached out to leaders of Kiwanis and Rotary to coordinate the event and remarked, “We can all use a few extra volunteers at our service projects. We have similar missions, and we’re all trying to make our communities better. When we combine efforts, we are better together!”