The food bank has operating expenses so of course they should charge. They offer lots of good resources that increase food security in the community besides food boxes. The Community Food Resource Center located on the second floor of the building (3003 S country club rd) offers free seeds, compost and gardening instruction to the community. The also have demonstration gardens and free classes so people can create their own food stream rather than depending on donations exclusively. The work they do is outstanding and the gifts they give are abundant. 22 cents a pound is a small price to pay for that. If the giving tree would like to apply to some programs, they could get the food for free- but that would mean oversight- and they would not be able to readily get away with what they do to communities. For instance, overpopulating neighborhoods with homeless people without establishing neighborhood relation plans thereby driving down home prices. Also, they can afford to pay 22 cents a lb for food since they charge their tenants $10 a day for rent. I think their heart is in the right place but they neglect to consider the effect they are having on the home owners that live around them.
Awesome. I didn't leave the church, the church left me. Now I have no use for any kind of organized religion. I love the independent ones though, the ones I feel are true to His message of loving one another. God bless you both.
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This is just fantastic and meaningful! Great interview and sounds like you are doing very important work! I see it as a sign of the times that things like this are happening, I for one am very optimistic about the future! Kudos to Marc David Leviton! xSands, Amsterdam.
So important to share and come together about the difficult things we all go through but somehow rarely get the chance to expose in public...
I've seen the shows Leviton curates. But hey, I like to think, to discuss, to emote, to come away from the experience feeling I have grown. Yes. And I revisit his exhibitions, and grow some more.
Thanks for a decent article about a decent pair of Ladies. Isn't it interesting that the local food bank charges for food we have given them? I did not know that. DRW
that was an especially thoughtful and insightful piece. goodos to you and Owen, love Mary Ann
I want some coffee candy! Will definetly give it a try next trip to Bookmans!
What a wonderful way to connect the community! Congratulations to Zeke and all involved in making this project a success!
This group is allegedly from "diverse backgrounds," and yet it has no men in it? What a bizarre point of view! The group quite obviously won't appeal to many men, but beyond the glib "Isn't that a shame," has there been any specific effort to encourage men/boys to join?
How wise Curley is in his comments about downtown: "....they need to get a direction and stay on task." I also love the shop -- reminds me of the old-time Brooklyn neighborhood barbers.
Sharon is an amazing person. She never hesitates to volunteer, even though she has an insanely busy schedule. She absolutely, without question, deserves the award she won and more.
Thank you Sharon!
You deserve much thanks and credit for all you do and have done. You have a big heart.
My world is a richer, fuller, more beautiful place because you are in it. On behalf my Josie, thank you!
The world would be a kinder, gentler place if more people could be as open and accepting as Sharon. She really deserves this award for all she has done over the years!
YOU GO GIRL...!!! Thasts my Sister! I always new you were special. I Love You!!!
Midge, Glide, OR
I am a friend and former classmate of Sharon's. She has worked very hard and dedicated her time and efforts to helping others, in particular, this community. I am so pleased she has been acknowledged for her work and dedication. The transgendered community has been long lacking such courageous support as Sharon offers. Our community is fortunate to have volunteers such as Sharon. And yes, all her work has been volunteer....not for pay.
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