Volunteer and celebrate: Blues Festival / Oregon Food Bank

Help Oregon Food Bank to celebrate 25 years of world-class blues and fighting hunger. Volunteer at the 2012 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union, July 4-8.

Owned and operated by Oregon Food Bank, the festival is not only the biggest blues festival west of the Mississippi, it’s also Oregon Food Bank’s largest fundraiser. Oregon Food Bank depends on more than 2,000 volunteers to help this year’s five-day festival run smoothly. The festival still has more than 100 volunteer slots to fill. To sign up to volunteer, visit www.waterfrontbluesfest.com and click on the volunteer button.

If you can’t volunteer, you can still help reduce hunger by bringing two cans of food and a $10 donation to enjoy some of the 150 acts slated for this year’s festival on Portland’s Waterfront along Naito Parkway. 100 percent of all donations benefit Oregon Food Bank’s mission: To eliminate hunger and its root causes … because no one should be hungry.

Other opportunities to help end hunger:

Oregon Food Bank also seeks volunteers for its Cooking Matters program. Volunteer chefs, nutritionists and home cooks are needed to share hands-on cooking, food safety, food budgeting and nutrition information with people who are at risk of hunger. Training begins in July. To sign up, contact Liz Long, 971-223-3372, llong@oregonfoodbank.org.

Other ways to help: Oregon Food Bank offers a myriad of volunteer opportunities from food repacking to helping in the office. Visit www.oregonfoodbank.org for more information and to sign up.

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