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Feeding Umpqua gets 30,000-pound food donation

The food was donated by Sherm's Thunderbird Market.

Posted: Jan 21, 2021 5:10 PM
Updated: Jan 21, 2021 7:12 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. – Feeding Umpqua Food Bank received a huge delivery from Sherm’s Thunderbird Market Thursday.

The grocery store donated 30,000 pounds of food to the organization. The food was brought to the food bank in a semi-truck from their home base in Medford.

Owner Steven Olsrud escorted the truck to Roseburg. He told KEZI 9 News that this donation is needed now more than ever as the food bank continues to address food insecurities caused by the pandemic and the 2020 wildfires.

“This has probably been the worst year of all for southern Oregon,” said Olsrud. “There is so much need out there.”

Olsrud said this is a tradition that goes back 15 years. He said they’ve donated more than 400,000 pounds of food to Feeding Umpqua since they started.

“When we started doing the food donations, it doesn’t really hurt us, but it really helps the communities we serve,” he said.

Sherm’s Thunderbird has three locations in Southern Oregon: Roseburg, Medford and Klamath Falls.

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