Portland, Oregon. (Nov 4, 2008)Whole Foods Market’s Portland locations have partnered with Loaves & Fishes Centers, a non-profit organization that provides hot, nutritious meals to seniors 60 years and older.

From November 22 – 26, Whole Foods Market shoppers can add a donation to their purchase at all six stores in the Portland – Vancouver area. An extra $3.68 provides one meal for a Meals-On-Wheels client; $25.76 pays for a week of meals; and a donation of $103.04 provides a month of meals for a homebound senior.

“Whole Foods Market is dedicated to caring for our communities, and we are very excited to partner with Loaves & Fishes Centers this year,” said Suzanne Strick, associate marketing coordinator.

More than 1,500 volunteers are needed to help staff the stores during the five days of the campaign to greet customers and distribute Donate Dinner cards. Volunteers spend just two hours at one of 25 locations throughout the greater Metro area. To volunteer, go to http://www.donatedinner.org/.

The Donate Dinner campaign helps Loaves & Fishes Centers serve more than 5,000 Portland-Vancouver area seniors every weekday. The agency depends on such community contributions for nearly 60 percent of its funding.

“This is a great opportunity for people to share the bounty this holiday season by making a small contribution to Loaves & Fishes Centers,” said Joan Smith, Loaves & Fishes Centers executive director. “Donate Dinner makes it easy to help some of our community’s most vulnerable residents.”

 
About Loaves & Fishes Centers
Since 1970 Loaves & Fishes Centers has provided a nutritional and social lifeline for seniors through 31 meal sites in Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties and Meals-On-Wheels delivery to homebound seniors. With the help of more than 7,400 volunteers, the nonprofit, secular agency now serves 5,000 meals daily and more than 1.4 million meals each year. Loaves & Fishes Centers was named one of the “Ten Most Admired Companies” in Oregon in the non profit category by The Portland Business Journal in 2006.