The Newport Food Pantry and the Newport Fire Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank Newport area residents who turned out in the rain to donate canned and other non-perishable foods and cash to the cause of feeding Newport’s growing hunger problem. Newport firefighters and Food Pantry workers were very pleased at the generosity of those bringing in a total of 1,100 pounds of food and for donating nearly $300 in just a six hour donation period at the Safeway Center parking lot.
Food Pantry officials have been laboring under the crushing news that the USDA Department of Agriculture surplus food program is being cut back 40% and that costs for pantries to buy food is going up. Couple that with the fact that many more Americans on unemployment insurance may lose their benefits at the end of the current run of 99 weeks. A crisis for many is looming.
For those who missed the opportunity to donate to the pantry today, you can still donate directly to the Newport Food Pantry by stopping by their facility behind the Presbyterian Church on NE 12th just east of Coast Highway, or by calling 541-270-0842.