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PERSuing a Better Community
PERS employees make a difference
Feeling the pinch of furlough days and step freezes, a group of enterprising volunteers from the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), unofficially named PERSuing a Better Community, joined together at the main Oregon Food Bank (OFB) warehouse on February 6, 2010, to work at the Food Recovery Center (FRC). On the FRC processing line, they sorted and packed food from large bins into smaller boxes to be shipped out on pallets to regional OFB distribution centers. This food came from food drives, such as the Governor's State Employees Food Drive, and from local grocery stores that dented boxes and cans that would normally be disposed. Their efforts resulted in packing up over 415 lbs. of food per volunteer, or the equivalent of 321 โ€“ 1.3 lb. meals per volunteer, for those in need in our community. Last year, OFB received over 93,000 volunteer hours from the community, at a value of $1,500,000. Using these statistics, the value of the sweat equity for 52 hours of volunteer time from PERSuing a Better Community equaled over $838. When the act of giving dollars gets tough, consider giving your time โ€“ this can make a huge impact at your regional food bank distribution center, and ultimately to those in need!
PERS volunteers make a difference

PERSuing a Better Community from 12/29/07 volunteer event - Repackaging bulk dry beans into individual portions for families in need.
(Left to right Brend Ward, Bob Barkema, Linda Clark, TC Clark, AJ Masanga, Jordan Masanga โ€“ manning the camera: Larry Ward.)