Sunshine Division seeks volunteers for summer food delivery
The Portland Police Bureaus Sunshine Division, better known for its Christmas food baskets, is looking for volunteers to help with its first summer food delivery.
The division has collected food for its Hunger Doesnt Vacation program. On Saturday, June 22, division volunteers will deliver food more than 1,000 boxes of food to local families in need.
Hunger is not seasonal, says Kyle Camberg, Sunshine Division executive director. We hope the community will support us like they do during the holidays.
Volunteers will deliver 1,100 food boxes on Saturday. The program has 75 volunteers signed up, but really needs another 150, Camberg says.
Last summer, the Hunger Doesnt Vacation program ran a food drive. In its second year, the program has expanded to include this weeks delivery.
We want to draw attention by doing outreach into the community with families with kids, said Camberg.
About 50 percent of Portland Public Schools students receive free or reduced lunch and breakfast each school year. During the summer, those children dont always have access to food programs, which Camberg says makes this weeks delivery significant. The boxes will have food aimed at families with children.
Volunteers are asked to arrive at the Sunshine Division Warehouse, 687 N. Thompson St., or the police bureaus North Precinct, 449 N.E. Emerson St., at 9 a.m.
Hunger Doesnt Vacation is a partnership by the Sunshine Division, BedMart, Les Schwab Tire Centers and New Seasons Markets.
This mirrors what we do at the holidays, Camberg says. We hope this becomes a long standing tradition."