Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Thanks to the generous giving of Sprint's Hood River employees in the Columbia Gorge, the Klickitat-Skamania Development Council's food bank in Bingen was recently gifted with more than three tons of food.
In a nationwide effort to assist families and seniors throughout the company's service areas, Sprint hosts an annual Let's Tackle Hunger food drive, which includes employees in Oregon and Washington.
This year in the Columbia Gorge, with a goal of 5,000 pounds, Hood River employees surpassed their objective by donating 6,465 pounds of canned goods and other non-perishables, as well as bags of potatoes and onions -- all of which was delivered to the KSDC.
"This represents a strong community commitment," said Sprint public affairs manager Mary Gumm, "and we're very proud of our employees for once again giving so generously to help our neighbors in need."
Other agencies in the Gorge which have benefited from past food drives include Hood River's FISH food bank, the Goldendale Food Bank, the Sherman County Food Bank, and the Community Action Program (CAP) in The Dalles, as well as KSDC.
The Sprint Foundation also matches food donations nationwide with a ten-cent-per-pound contribution, which will mean an additional $646.50 in funding to support the KSDC's food program for Washington families.