KCBY, Jul 28, 2008

In order to help feed hungry individuals, children and families throughout the South Coast, Oregon Coast Community Action is seeking volunteers for a few hours each month to help unload trucks of food provided to the South Coast Food Share by Oregon Food Bank.

South Coast Food Share – an Oregon Coast Community Action program, collects and distributes donated food to local food pantries and meal sites throughout Coos and Curry counties, and distributed 1.5 million pounds of food last year alone. With volunteer assistance, Oregon Coast Community Action will be able to unload the twice-monthly truck of food from OFB into its warehouse for distribution throughout the region.

Volunteers are urgently needed to assist Oregon Coast Community Action to feed the hungry and accomplish its vision of all South Coast households thriving and living with dignity, security and hope. While volunteering at the South Coast Food Share warehouse, workers will be unloading the OFB truck, sorting items by category onto pallets and organizing selections for local food pantries and meal sites.

Those interested in donating a few hours a month to this vital service, must be able to lift 50 lbs. The volunteer opportunity is usually available every Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are more than welcome to donate their time as best fits their schedule. Youth volunteers are highly encouraged to volunteer their time during the summer, both for the food deliveries and in the South Coast Food Share office. Every volunteer helps to make sure one more person won’t go hungry on the South Coast.

South Coast Food Share urgently needs volunteers for its upcoming delivery on Friday, Aug. 1, 2008. By volunteering for this vital service, participants will be making it possible for vulnerable individuals and families to eat nutritious food – instead of going hungry. Also, loading, sorting and moving food donations is a labor of love that can result in a great workout!

“Without the great dedication of volunteers, Oregon Coast Community Action wouldn’t be able to provide food to those in our community who are going hungry,” said Oregon Coast Community Action CEO Mary Schoen-Clark. “We especially encourage young people in the area to take the initiative to help others and learn more about hunger in our region. Every volunteer effort, every donation, every food contribution makes a significant difference – together we can defeat hunger on the South Coast … because no one should be hungry.”

To volunteer for South Coast Food Share, those interested can call Food Rescue Coordinator Gary Domina at (541) 888-7054 or email If possible, all volunteers should bring a pair of work gloves.

Oregon Coast Community Action provides a variety of services that house, feed, warm and educate vulnerable children, individuals and families in Coos, Curry and Western Douglas counties. For more information, those interested can visit or call 888-7108.