Fight Against Hunger
Oregon and Washington are fighting. Again. According to Anne Goetze, Director of Nutrition Affairs for the Oregon Dairy Products Commission it's actually a friendly rivalry designed to help alleviate some of the hunger problems persisting in the Pacific Northwest.
GOETZE: It's the Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger campaign. It's a partnership with farmers in Washington and farmers in Oregon led through the Departments of Agriculture and the two directors competing for the Directors Trophy to see which state can generate the most cash and food donation to go to hungry families in the summer time.
Last year Washington State won the bragging rights. Goetze talks about how you can participate.
GOETZE: You can pick your state, where you want to support. The donations are all going through, primarily through Fred Meyer stores. The easiest thing to do is to make a cash donation at checkout. They should have little scan cards at the registers. You can give any amount from a dollar to a thousand dollars. We're also taking contributions of non-perishable food items and there should be collection barrels and bins at all Fred Meyer stores in Oregon and Washington throughout the month.
The competition is a part of June's Dairy Month.
GOETZE: It's a good time to honor our dairy farmers for the great work that they do all the time providing a healthy, nutritious product for people in our region.
That's today's Line On Agriculture. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.