News Release: 4/17/2017

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April 17, 2017


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Heather McPherson

503-581-3855 ext. 314


Gubser Neighborhood Receives Hunger Buster Award

for Keizer Miracle of Christmas

The Gubser Neighborhood was honored with the Hunger Buster of the Year Award from the Oregon Food Bank Network. The award recognizes the contribution that the neighborhood makes to end hunger by collecting food and fund donations during the Keizer Miracle of Christmas event.

For at least 30 years, the Keizer Miracle of Christmas contributed more than $338,000 and 323,000 pounds of food to hungry families in Marion and Polk counties. This annual tradition began as a friendly competition between a few houses and has turned into a neighborhood-wide event with 200 decorated homes. More than 20,000 cars go through the neighborhood during the month of December. Visitors donate food and funds that go to hungry families through the Marion-Polk Food Share network.

The Hunger Buster Award is an annual recognition from the Oregon Food Bank Network of Regional Food Banks. It honors individuals, companies and organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to fighting hunger. The Gubser Neighborhood was presented the award by Rick Gaupo, President and CEO of Marion-Polk Food Share.

“The Keizer Miracle of Christmas is so special because it is truly a community event,” said Rick Gaupo. “Everyone works together in the neighborhood during the month of December to make the event happen, and then they take it a step further by using it as a way to help out the community with a food drive.”

“I loved going through the Keizer Miracle of Christmas when I was a kid,” said Jessica Ratliff, neighborhood resident and event co-organizer. “Now our family helps because it’s a way that we can love and serve others.”

About Marion-Polk Food Share

Marion-Polk Food Share is the regional food bank leading the fight to end hunger in Marion and Polk counties.  Support from our local community makes it possible for the Food Share to collect and distribute nutritious food to more than 100 partner programs, including food pantries, meal sites, foster homes, low-income day care centers, shelters and senior housing sites.  More than 40,000 people, including 14,000 children, receive emergency food each month through the Food Share partner network.  The Food Share also supports programs to address the root causes of hunger.
Heather McPherson, 503-581-3855 ext. 314