Volunteers pack Thanksgiving boxes for families in need

Portland police, Zupan's provide food baskets for needy

PORTLAND, Ore. --- The Portland Police Bureau’s Sunshine Division has teamed up with Zupan’s Markets to pack hundreds of Thanksgiving boxes for families in need.

Monday morning, volunteers started packing more than 500 Thanksgiving boxes that include a complete meal, from turkey to pumpkin pie. The food in each box feeds up to eight people.

“Providing families the opportunity to share a meal together is one of the most important ways for us to give back to our Portland neighbors," said Mike Zupan, president and CEO of Zupan’s Markets.

The Thanksgiving food boxes are already reserved and will be distributed Tuesday to qualifying families with children, veterans, seniors at the Sunshine Division and through support from Portland Police Bureau officers.

A few nonprofit partners will receive free Sunshine Division support for their families, such as NAYA (Native American Youth Advocates) and Self Enhancement Inc.

“The long-standing local partnerships with companies like Zupan’s Markets, remind us how important working together is in addressing poverty in this community.  It is also the true spirit of Thanksgiving," said Sunshine Division’s assigned Portland Bolice Bureau officer, Matt Tobey.

Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division packing 500 Thanksgiving boxes for families in need! This is in partnership with Zupan's Markets - they've been doing this every year for 11 years. Boxes are already assigned to families and will be distributed tomorrow. #kgwnews #ThanksgivingWeek

Posted by KGW's Rachael Rafanelli on Monday, November 20, 2017

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