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PORTLAND -- The Oregon Food Bank says it helps one in five households fend off hunger. It s a team effort throughout the state and they are getting some heavyweight help.

Senator Ron Wyden was joined by members of the Portland Timbers and Thorns soccer teams to help raise awareness about the need for continued donations to the Oregon Food Bank.

Hunger is not taking the summer off, said Senator Wyden. There are too many people hurting.

They helped sort food and packed boxes. It s awesome, says Thorns defender Casey Ramirez. We have the greatest supporters in the NWSL (National Women s Soccer League), so we re just trying to give back, help the community and see what it s all about here in Oregon.

In Washington D.C., the Senate passed a bill that cut food stamps by four percent. The bill is now in limbo in the House of Representatives.

As food stamp spending goes down, it puts more demand on the Food Bank.

Senator Ron Wyden is upset about it, saying, This idea of letting partisan bickering hold up our ability to make sure our families and our seniors can get a proper diet, that s just morally wrong.

The Food Bank says that for every dollar donated, more than 94 cents goes directly to fight hunger.

Anything we can do to help, said Ramirez. adding There s hunger everywhere, so as long as we are helping some people, it s worth it.

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