PORTLAND, Ore. — The fifteenth annual KGW Great Food Drive is underway for the month of March. The KGW Great Food Drive is a major public service campaign that addresses hunger issues in communities throughout Oregon and southwest Washington. The goal is to collect enough food and cash to provide more than 1.5 million pounds of food for local area residents.

Throughout the month, KGW, Tillamook, Rivermark Community Credit Union and local Toyota Dealers will help supply Oregon Food Bank Network with essential food to be distributed to its network of 21 regional food banks and 1,200 food assistance sites across Oregon and Clark County, Washington. Donations can be made in several ways:

  • Purchase Tillamook dairy products. Tillamook will donate a portion of proceeds from any Tillamook dairy product purchased during the month of March in Oregon and Clark County, Washington.
  • Donate 10 or more cans of food at any participating local Toyota dealership and receive $10 off a future parts or service visit.
  • Make a cash or food donation at any participating Rivermark Community Credit Union.
  • Make a cash donation at participating Safeway stores
  • Donate funds online. Visit www.kgw.com/fooddrive for complete details.

"Hunger continues as an urgent issue in our community," said DJ Wilson, KGW president and general manager. "Many working families are still experiencing food insecurity. We appreciate the ongoing dedication from our corporate partners who join with us in making a tangible difference in the lives of local families."

“At Tillamook we believe that everyone deserves to have access to real, wholesome food to feed themselves and their families. Both the farmers and the employees of our 109-year-old Oregon business are fully committed to fighting hunger and addressing its root causes. We are proud to be the presenting sponsor of the KGW Great Food Drive for the 12th year in a row in order to work together to eliminate hunger in Oregon. Your help is needed now more than ever, so please join us by donating to the Great Food Drive,” said Patrick Criteser, president and CEO of the Tillamook County Creamery Association.

“We recognize that many Oregonians do not have access to a sufficient quantity of affordable and nutritious food,” said Scott Burgess, President and CEO of Rivermark Community Credit Union. “Rivermark is proud to support the KGW Great Food Drive which helps address one of the region’s most pressing social issues. You can help make a difference by donating cash or food items at any participating Rivermark branch,” continued Burgess.

“Toyota and its dealers feel honored to be able to give back to the community. This year, our goal is 1.5 million pounds, so we are inviting you to get involved, too. During the month of March, donation bins will be located at all 14 participating Toyota dealer sites. Your donation will be making a difference for your local community,” said Russ Humberston, Pacific Northwest Toyota Dealer Association president.

About the Oregon Food Bank Network

Oregon Food Bank works to eliminate hunger and its root causes... because no one should be hungry. Oregon Food Bank believes that hunger starves the human spirit, that communities thrive when people are nourished, and that everyone deserves healthy and fresh food. Oregon Food Bank helps feed the human spirit of 740,000 people through a food distribution network of 21 regional food banks serving Oregon and Clark County, Washington. Oregon Food Bank also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through public policy, local food systems work, nutrition and garden education, health care screening and innovative programming. Find out how to feed the human spirit at oregonfoodbank.org.

About KGW

KGW is the NBC affiliate in Portland, Oregon serving Oregon and Southwest Washington. The station has been honored as station of the year by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters for 13 of 14 years for its community service. KGW’s award-winning website, KGW.com, and its mobile app KGW News, provide breaking news, traffic and weather information to consumers on demand. KGW also operates a low-power station, KGWZ. KGW is owned and operated by TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) a broadcasting, digital media and marketing services company. TEGNA and KGW serve the greater good of Oregon and Southwest Washington, across platforms, by telling empowering stories, conducting impactful investigations and delivering innovative marketing solutions. For more information, visit www.TEGNA.com.