Community Services Consortium

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Linn Benton Food Share Receives Comcast Foundation Grant

Mike Gibson of LB Food Share receives Comcast Foundation Grant
Susan James, Food Share Gleaning and Volunteer Coordinator,(left) and Mike Gibson, Food Share Director(3rd from left) receive a grant for $1160 from Comcast Corvallis Technical Operations Manager, Mike Johnson, (2nd from left) and Bobbie Peebler, Comcast Administative Assistant for Corvallis/Salem (far right).

Linn Benton Food Share, a program of Community Services Consortium (CSC) received a grant of $1,160 from the Comcast Foundation. The grant came in addition to the help Comcast employees, their families and friends gave to Linn Benton Food Share as part of Comcast’s annual company-wide day of service last spring.

More than 80 volunteers assisted with projects at Linn Benton Food Share’s Tangent warehouse on Comcast Cares Day, April 25th. They repacked large bags of beans and rice into family sized servings, sorted thousands of pounds of canned goods from food drives, built a raised bed garden, donated a certificate for plant material, rebuilt a shed door, and replaced the old lock with a sturdier one.

“We really appreciate all the help the Comcast folks gave us and the grant will help us purchase staple goods,” said Mike Gibson, director of Linn Benton Food Share. “This is the second time we have been a recipient of Comcast Cares Day. They are all volunteers and it’s great to see them with their families and friends at the warehouse having a lot of fun while they are helping us out.”

“Linn Benton Food Share is really popular with our employees, said said Bobbie Peebler
They like to help in an area where they know they make a difference, giving back to the community is important to Comcast.”

Ryan McCambridge, Food Share Coordinator, said “We just don’t have to staff to complete all the projects and with the extra help from Comcast, it makes food distribution easier.”

Local businesses contributing to the Comcast Cares Day project, were XL Overhead Construction, Green & White Rock Products, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and U&D Nursery.

Linn Benton Food Share helps low-income people feed themselves and their families by soliciting, storing and distributing food through the warehouse to their 74 member agencies such as emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters for homeless persons, day care centers, senior centers and gleaning groups.

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