October is national Public Power Month, highlighting the value of community-owned utilities throughout the United States.
In honor of Public Power Month, Central Lincoln PUD is holding a food drive for Food Share of Lincoln County, which distributes food donations to the Depoe Bay Pantry, Newport Food Pantry, Siletz Community Food Program, Toledo Pantry, and Waldport Pantry, as well as supplemental programs such as Siletz Backpack, and South Lincoln Resources. These groups distribute food for families suffering from lack of employment, medical costs, and other difficult life circumstances.
“Our employees discussed ways to especially support the communities we serve during Public Power Month, and felt that donating food and collecting food donations for people in need was an excellent way to help out,” explained General Manager Debra Smith. “As unemployment on the coast tends to climb in the winter, we knew assistance with food would meet real needs.”
Those wishing to donate canned and other nonperishable foods to feed stressed local families are encouraged to bring donations to Central Lincoln’s office in Newport, at 2129 N. Highway 101, any time from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. “Certain types of food, including peanut butter; canned tuna, chicken or salmon; chili, low-sugar canned fruits, jams, and jellies; cereal; packaged dried fruits, and hearty soups, foods that don’t need much preparation, are especially helpful for those in need,” said Nancy Mitchell, Food Share of Lincoln County’s Executive Director.