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Soup For You

by Laural Porter

Posted on March 5, 2007 at 11:49 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:33 PM

This blog is a twist on that old favorite phrase from a "Seinfeld" episode..."No Soup For You!"

Many of us from KGW joined employees from U-S Bank and Northwest Natural during a volunteer day recently at the Oregon Food Bank.

We wanted to help make sure there is soup for all who need it.

Our job... to label and pack donated boxes of soup. So, there will be soup for the thousands who are hungry in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

I think we filled a full semi-truck full of soup to be donated to feed the hungry amongst us.

Our first task was to do as all good food service workers do.... put on the hairnets.
Always a great look, don't you think?

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(KGW Human Resources Manager, Caryn Lilley preparing for duty)

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(Reminds me of my teenage days working in Food and Beverage at Sea World)

Here volunteers on my team from KGW, U-S Bank, and Northwest Natural label soup made by Pacific Foods from vegetable donated to Oregon Food Bank.
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(Lisa Martin age 14 and her Dad,Ron Martin, who works at NW Natural, and Kim Hammond from U-S Bank, and Laural from KGW label donated soup)

For many of us, it's hard to believe that many of our neighbors, especially children, are often hungry.
Here's a startling statistic from the folks at the Oregon Food Bank, in an average month nearly 200-thousand people in Oregon and Clark County eat meals from an emergency food box.

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(KGW employees Gary Furlow and Chris Hamilton and families help fill a semi full of soup)

So, our few hours preparing boxes of soup seems small.

But together we can work to end hunger.

Here's where you come in.
You can help us by donating to the Newschannel 8 Great Food Drive now underway through the month of March.
There are many ways to donate food, cash or your time.
You can drop off non-perishable food items at any U-S Bank branch or you can make a cash donation.
You can donate on line at
If you buy any Tillamook Cheese product, the company will donate a portion of the profits to the Oregon Food Bank.
You can also check your Northwest Natural statement for other ways to donate.

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Another way to help is to volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank.
I think I speak for all 80 of us who volunteered that day, it was truly a rewarding and fun experience.
We labeled 37,800 pounds of food.
Wow, they tell us we each helped 363 people who are hungry.
What a great way to make difference.
Check out the Oregon Food Bank website at

Let's make sure the soup's always on for our neighbors in need.