Nonprofit opens pantry to help people in need
The nonprofit organization Hunger Fighters Oregon will be hosting an open house on May 10 in honor of its new pantry for people in need, part of a longtime effort by Michael Murray and some stalwart volunteers.
"Hunger Fighters Oregon is thrilled to announce that this food pantry is nearing completion," Murray says.
The Lake Oswego High School freshman founded the nonprofit last year and has been working with several local leaders to create a pantry to help local people in need of emergency food services. The open house will afford "the community with an opportunity to tour the new food pantry," Murray says.
Although he is the organization's founder and leader, Murray has always said that credit for the creation of Hunger Fighters Oregon should be shared with all of the people who have helped him. Those supporters, including several local educators and Lake Oswego Rotary Club members, have certainly helped him achieve a great deal, including establishing Hunger Fighters clubs at every local school.
The clubs have been collecting nonperishable food for the pantry, which will be located at Lakeridge Junior High School.
Murray's idea for Hunger Fighters started when he was a sixth-grader with precocious executive and communication skills and a dream to improve the lives of others. He established Hunger Fighters Oregon in 2014 as an after-school club at Lake Oswego Junior High.
"The club worked to collect food and money for the Oregon Food Bank, in order to combat hunger in the state of Oregon," Murray says in a press release. "Since then, Hunger Fighters Oregon has collected enough food and money to provide the Oregon Food Bank with over 10,000 meals."
Now the food will be distributed locally, and Murray says it will meet a need. About 10 percent of Lake Oswego students are on the free- or reduced-lunch program, a measure of poverty.
To learn more about the organization and to help, visit the pantry during the grand-opening ceremony from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on May 10 at Lakeridge Junior High School, 4700 Jean Road, Lake Oswego. Or visit hunger-fighters-oregon.weebly.com.