Each year CFM providers and staff strive to better our communities through local charities, non-profits or fundraisers. This year we are opening up the opportunity for our patients to participate with us through the holiday season by being donation points for two local charities. Both charities serve our communities well, with each donation making its way directly to a local person in need. Anyone is welcome to bring a donation by during business hours (7am-5pm Monday through Friday and 8am-12pm Saturday).
The food barrel for Linn Benton Food Share is currently set up in our lobby, ready to receive non-perishable food such as canned or dry goods. The food will be will be collected in mid-December for holiday meals or general food supplies.
Linn Benton Food Share has been the nonprofit regional food bank for Linn and Benton counties since 1981, committed to fulfilling their goal that Everybody Eats. They deliver food to emergency food box and emergency meal site locations in Linn & Benton counties. “Prepared but not served” food from dining halls on the OSU campus is distributed immediately to meal site locations in Linn and Benton counties. They partner with local grocery stores to collect food products that are close to pull dates, which are quickly dispersed to their network of food pantries and soup kitchens. An average of 55,500 pounds of food are saved each month between the two programs!
By the numbers:
• One out of every five families in Linn and Benton counties must depend on food from an emergency food pantry at least once each year.
• More than 49,000 individuals and families will request food boxes this year.
• Oregon has the highest rate of childhood food insecurity in the nation, with 29% of kids having limited or uncertain access to nutritionally adequate food.
• Of money donated to Linn Benton Food Share, only around 1% is used on overhead costs, including salaries. The remainder is spent on distributing around 5 million pounds of food a year.
The Toys for Tots donation box is also available in the lobby until mid-December. Please gift new, unwrapped toys only. The toys will be wrapped and distributed to less fortunate local children.
Since 1991 the US Marine Corps has run Toys for Tots to partner with Christmas programs in communities nation-wide to better serve families in need. Their mission is to collect toys during the last three months of the year and distribute them as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community where they were donated. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a tangible sign of hope to economically disadvantaged children. The program is run by Marine Corps Reserve Units in their local communities. In locations without a Reserve Unit, the campaign is generally conducted by veteran Marines.
By the numbers:
• In 2016 Toys for Tots distributed 18 million toys to 7 million less fortunate children in 792 communities covering all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
• UPS Stores raised $454,802 in partnership with the Toys for Tots literacy program to distribute 1.5 million quality children’s books to less fortunate children or schools located in depressed areas.
• Corporate partners donate significant amounts of money or toys. Among others, Toys-R-Us, Babies-R-Us, Hasbro, Funko, Hallmark and Disney have each donated either $1 million in cash or $2 million in toys.
• Less than 3% of financial donations are spent on overhead costs, including fundraising.