By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
The plumbing company collected the food in 31 barrels placed around town and directly from customers over the summer.
Customers were offered $1 off their service bills for every canned food item they provided, up to $25, said Kerry Frederickson, general manager of the company. In fact, he said, the offer is still valid through December 31 and may be combined with other Jack Howk/Rescue Rooter coupons.
“Everyone got on board when they learned how hard summer can be for kids who don’t always know where their next meal will come from,” he said. When they’re not in school, some youngsters may not have regular meals.
The Jack Howk/Rescue Rooter’s effort represents the largest first-year donation by a small local business within the past five years, said Kyle Camberg, the Sunshine Division’s executive director. Each year, the non-profit division has fewer than 12 food drives that result in more than 10,000 pounds of collected food, Camberg said.
“We are extremely grateful when companies lend a helping hand but few, if any, come close to what the Jack Howk/Rescue Rooter team did,” he said.
The Sunshine Division, started in 1923, provides emergency food six days a week from its North Portland warehouse. It also provides assistance every day of the week through partnership with the Portland Police Bureau, which has food boxes at each precinct to deliver to families and individuals in need.