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Local food bank helps clients during hot weather

Staff and volunteers with Food for Lane County's Meals on Wheels Program were handing out flyers on how to stay hydrated to their clients on Friday.

Posted: Jul 14, 2018 11:59 AM
Updated: Jul 14, 2018 12:12 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A local food bank is taking extra steps to make sure some of our community's most vulnerable are staying safe in the hot weather. 

Staff and volunteers with Food for Lane County's Meals on Wheels Program were handing out flyers on how to stay hydrated to their clients on Friday.  

They said every time they deliver a meal, they do a safety check. On hot days, they also look for signs of heat related illness.

"If we find something amiss, somebody who is in a situation where the heat is taking a toll on them, but it's not an emergency situation yet...we'll make sure they're drinking water, get them water, and we'll call their emergency contact," said Dawn Marie Woodward, with Food for Lane County. 

If it is an emergency, then they call 911.

They also deliver pet food to clients with animal companions. That service is called Kibble on Wheels. They're having a fundraiser for it on Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Hop Valley in Eugene.

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