Siletz Community Food Project needs volunteers
A new emergency food pantry is taking shape in Siletz. Food Share of Lincoln County welcomes Sara Hamilton (pictured left) as the Project Manager for The Siletz Community Food Project. Hamilton came to Lincoln County 11 years ago Illinois. She first worked as a fisheries observer, and most recently was employed by Oregon Coast Bank in Toledo. Hamilton says she is “depending upon the help of community volunteers to get the pantry space set up in the Siletz Valley Charter School,” with an anticipated opening date of Saturday, August 4th. In addition to managing the pantry, Hamilton will spend the next year expanding the Siletz Valley School gardens, developing educational programming for students, assisting in Cooking Matters classes, and coordinating other events.
The Siletz Community Food Project is overseen by a community Board of Directors, and currently is under the 501c3 non-profit sponsorship of Food Share of Lincoln County. Partners in the project include Food Share, the Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians, Ten Rivers Food Web, Siletz Valley Charter School and Siletz Gospel Tabernacle. The project is funded by a grant from the ConAgra Foundation, with assistance from the Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians and Oregon Food Bank.
The Siletz Food Pantry and Community Food Project Open House and barbecue is THIS Saturday, July 28th, from 2 pm – 4 pm. The event, taking place at the Siletz Valley School, will feature a free tuna and oyster barbecue lunch and — for cash or food donations — those present can receive raffle tickets to win great prizes, like 2 Sea Life cruise tickets from Marine Discovery Tours and a gift certificate from Toledo Feed and Seed.
The pantry space will be open for tours. The pantry, which opens August 4th to serve those in need of emergency food assistance in Siletz and Logsden, is still looking for volunteers to help with the pantry and gardens. There will be a New Volunteers’ Orientation earlier Saturday morning, at 10 am. For more information or to sign up for the Orientation, contact Project Manager Sara Hamilton at 541-270-4993. To assist in the project, either as a one time volunteer, a regular helper in the pantry, or by donating food or funds, contact Hamilton at 541-270-4993. Financial donations, which are tax-deductible, can be sent to The Siletz Food Pantry, c/o Food Share of Lincoln County, 535 NE First Street, Newport, OR 97365.
Food Share of Lincoln County is a regional food bank, part of the Oregon Food Bank network, which supplies donated and USDA commodity foods to affiliated emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, and other assistance agencies in Lincoln County. For information, call Food Share at 541-265-8578 or go to our website at http://www.foodsharelincolncounty.org/ Food Share also has a Facebook presence at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Food-Share-of-Lincoln-County/