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From 1989 to 2011, we celebrated Hunger Month each October (with activities frequently scheduled into November). We chose October in order to support the local foodbank prior to the holiday season.

SW HOPE was first organized in 2006. Through SW HOPE, faith communities and businesses in SW Portland work together to promote hunger awareness and collect food for the hungry people in our area. This event is scheduled for mid-February through March. In 2012, West Hills Friends decided to reschedule its Hunger Month to align with the efforts of our neighbors.

We collect donations of shelf-stable food throughout the year.

Hunger Month

Throughout the year, hunger is an important issue for us. During "Hunger Month," a concern for feeding hungry neighbors takes center stage. Speakers and musicians address the topic of hunger during our meetings for worship. We offer information about the most requested items at our local foodbank. We raise funds. Most importantly, we collect food to share.

We've learned that the quality of donated food matters. Instead of trying to pad the statistics of our food donations by collecting whatever weighs the most, we encourage people to buy a little extra of what they love to eat. By sharing the foods we love, we recognize that our hungry neighbors are probably a lot like us.

Our annual "Read & Feed" has become an important part of Hunger Month. People from the community are invited to donate used books. We collect everything from Biblical commentaries to mystery novels. People leave a cash donation in order to take home whatever book catches their fancy. All the funds we raise are donated to a hunger-related cause.

As part of SW HOPE, restaurants in SW Portland may donate a portion of the bill to the local foodbank. We let everyone know which restaurants are participating.