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Youth volunteers collect items to support food program

'Trick or Eat' event to focus around Tradewind Street neighborhood


Volunteer teams from the city of Beaverton’s Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board will collect canned and boxed foods in certain neighborhoods this Halloween evening to donate to those in need in the community.

Teams from the board’s third-annual “Trick or Eat” event will visit neighborhoods in the 97229 zip code surrounding Northwest Tradewind Street between 5 and 9 p.m. Volunteers ask partipating neighbors to set aside nonperishable goods to help those facing hunger. Those who aren’t home and want to donate can place food items in a bag in a safe, visible spot.

Board volunteers will distribute items they gather to the Impact NW’s SHINE Food Backpack Program, which provides backpacks of food to students to help ensure they have access to food on the weekend. Items needed most include peanut butter and jelly, rice, dried pinto or black beans and tuna.

Geetha Somayajula, a Westview High School student and advisory board volunteer, said the backpack program is ideal for fulfilling the board’s goals.

“We chose the SHINE Backpack program because it caters specifically to children and youth in the Beaverton area,” she says. “We were thinking about working with the Oregon Food Bank, but ultimately decided on the SHINE Backpack Program because of its relevance to our community.”

Claudine Thomassians, an International School of Beaverton student, says she’s participating in Trick or Eat because she tries to keep those less fortunate than her in mind.

“My motivation comes from my inner conscience,” she says. “When I sit to eat my dinner, there is always going to be another person, the same age as me, maybe even in the same school, who is not. Living with a cloud over me because of issues such as lack of food really does motivate me to volunteer my time to help those in need. To know that two hours of my time could feed families is a very satisfying reward.”

For information about tonight’s Trick Or Eat event, call Kate Taylor at 503-526-2227. To donate to Impact NW, visit impactnw.org.



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