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It's Oregon vs. Washington in the fight against hunger

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The issue of hunger in the Pacific Northwest is not going away, but neither are those who can help do something about it, including farmers, retailers, and a generous public:

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To help celebrate June as dairy month, a contest of sorts is underway with a goal of raising 100-thousand dollars and 100-thousand pounds of food before July. Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba will help kick off the month-long campaign:

COBA:  “It’s a friendly competition between the states of Oregon and Washington. My counterpart in Washington, Director Bud Hover, and myself see this as a great way to raise the profile of hunger and raise the profile of all of the good things that agriculture in our respective states are doing to try to alleviate hunger.”  :18

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The campaign, “Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger,” started as an idea of the Oregon and Washington Dairy Products Commissions but has quickly picked up some enthusiastic partners who have always come forward to help address hunger issues:

COBA:  “Absolutely. We’ve got commissions, we have producers, we have processors who have historically been very active in food donations to food banks.”  :10

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Fred Meyer stores in Oregon and Washington are helping to promote the month long event and will be collecting food donations. Food assistance organizations in both states, including Oregon Food Bank, will help distribute the donations. Meanwhile, bragging rights and a trophy will go to the state that raises the most. In Salem, I’m Bruce Pokarney.

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COBA is very supportive of the month-long food drive and competition between the states of Oregon and Washington:

“Anything that we can do to A– raise the profile of the hunger issue, and B– raise the profile about all the great things Oregon agriculture is doing to help alleviate hunger in this state.”  :12

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COBA says it’s a friendly competition between the states, but she wants to win:

“I would like to beat Washington. We are the underdogs in this just because we don’t have as big a population as the State of Washington. So all of you Oregonians out there, we really need to step up to the plate and see if we can beat Washington on this.”  :13

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