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For immediate release Contact: Jean Kempe-Ware

August 29, 2008 Public relations manager, Oregon Food Bank

(503) 419-4170, jkempe-ware@oregonfoodbank.org

Oregon Harvest Dinner to feed the fight against hunger

PORTLAND, Ore. – At the peak of the harvest season, the community is gathering together to help fight hunger … because no one should be hungry.

With the theme of “Shine on Harvest Moon,” top Oregon chefs will prepare food using the best of Oregon’s Harvest, and The Beatniks rock the house with music from the ‘60s and ‘70s. And it’s all happening at the annual Oregon Harvest Dinner, Saturday, Oct. 4, at Oregon Food Bank, 7900 N.E. 33rd Drive, in Portland.

The fund-raising dinner directly benefits Oregon Food Bank, helping the organization achieve its mission of eliminating hunger and its root causes … because no one should be hungry.

The event will swing into action at 6:30 p.m. with a reception featuring hors d’oeuvres prepared by Brandon Hill of Masu East and fruit and cheese provided by New Seasons,followed by afour-course meal, featuring local and seasonal food prepared by Chefs Alex Helser of Helser’s on Alberta, Travis Surmi of Saucebox, Pascal Chureau of Lucier and Aaron Barnett of Olea.

The goal of the gala is to raise $600,000 for Oregon Food Bank. Individual seats are $250. Sponsorships range from $5,000 to $25,000. To reserve a seat or table or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Christine Hames, (503) 419-4167, chames or visit http://www.oregonfoodbank.org.

The Oregon Food Bank Network of 20 regional food banks distributes meals and emergency food boxes throughout Oregon and Clark County, Wash. In an average month, more than 200,000 people in Oregon and Clark County, Wash., ate from an emergency food box in fiscal year 2007-09. Of those, close to 40 percent are children.

“The harvest dinner allows people to come together in support of their local and regional communities,” says Rachel Bristol, OFB’s executive director and CEO.

Major event sponsors are Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund, NW Natural, Permacold Engineering and Walsh Construction.

Oregon Food Bank is a nonprofit, charitable organization. It is the hub of a statewide network of more than 915 hunger-relief agencies serving Oregon and Clark County, Wash. Oregon Food Bank recovers food from farms, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, individuals and government sources. It then distributes that food to 20 regional food banks across Oregon. Sixteen are independent charitable organizations. OFB directly operates the four regional food banks serving the Portland metropolitan area, southeast Oregon and TillamookCounty. Those four centers distribute food weekly to more than 350 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other programs helping low-income individuals in Multnomah, Clackamas, Clark, Washington, Harney, Malheur and Tillamook counties. Oregon Food Bank also works to eliminate the root causes of hunger through advocacy and public education.

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