For the second year in a row, Washington and Oregon will compete to feed the hungry.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) and the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) will work throughout June to raise food for the annual Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger food drive.
June is when food banks across our state see increased need, in part because families lose access to free or reduced cost school lunches for children. To help, Northwest Dairy Farmers and Fred Meyer stores have partnered on the Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger campaign to raise food and donations for food assistance programs in Washington and Oregon.
On June 4, the campaign will kick off with an event at the State Capitol Campus in Olympia, with donations collected benefitting the Thurston County Food Bank. WSDA Director Bud Hover and members of WSDA’s Food Assistance Program will attend, along with representatives from the Washington Food Coalition and several agriculture commissions.
As part of the campaign, Director Hover and ODA Director Katy Coba will compete to see which state can generate the greatest participation in the food drive. Last year, 7,751 pounds of food were raised in Washington while 6,500 pounds were collected in Oregon. As a result, WSDA has held the coveted Director’s Trophy since last year.