Newport firefighters know what it’s like to deal with emergencies. And they are asking Newport area residents to help them deal with another emergency that’s coming down the highway. The federal government, which is the main provider of food for the nation’s hungry, has had to cut back on the volume of food it can deliver to food banks and pantries, due to severe budget cuts. So Newport firefighters are asking local residents to bring non-perishable foods to the Newport Fire Station on NW 10th @ Nye Streets this Saturday. They’re calling it an emergency community response to “Hose Down Hunger.”
Firefighters say they’ll be outfitted with their bright yellow turn-out gear to accept our food donations. They will also be happy to give donors a tour of the fire station and of the fire trucks and other specialized vehicles used in a wide array of community emergencies, from floods to fires, traffic accidents to hazardous materials spills. It is also, by the way, Fire Safety Month.
So, bring your non-perishable food items to the main Newport Fire Department station at 10th and Nye this Saturday from 10am to 4pm. By the way, the firefighters themselves launched the program with a $500 donation to the Newport Food Pantry.
For more information, contact the Newport Food Pantry at 541-270-0842, or visit their website at www.NewportFoodPantry.org