Sunday, March 16, 2008

Obama Supporters Food Drive

If you are an Obama supporter looking for a grass-rootsy way to support your candidate while feeding hungry people...well, this event is for you. In an effort to do some good and help the people of Pennsylvania see that Obama's camp cares about them, a food drive is officially underway tonight to help hungry people in the Pittsburgh area. Please read on...

no, this wasn't my idea and it's not me organizing it, but I think it's faboo and am lending the power and might of the "Obama Supporters Against Hunger and Poverty" group behind it! :)

"The moral question about poverty in America - How can a country like this allow it? - has an easy answer: we can't. The political question that follows - What do we do about it? - has always been more difficult. But now that we're finally seeing the beginnings of an answer, this country has an obligation to keep trying." -- Barack Obama, Washington, DC | July 18, 2007

Yes We Can! (and No We Won't!)

Who? YOU

When? Right Now

What? National Obamafolk Against Hunger Food Drive

Where? Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Food Bank

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
1 N Linden Street, Duquesne, PA 15110

Why? Our message of Hope, Change and Yes, We Can! has been hijacked and we need to take it back. Our Hope is our better future. Our better future comes through Change. We can only have Change if we resurrect the spirit of Yes, We Can!

Yes, We Did! In Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, BOTH Washingtons and Wisconsin.Yes, We Can in Pennsylvania!

So, to take back our message and positively impact the future of our campaign, we are showing Pennsylvanians who we REALLY are by driving the fight against hunger at the grassroots level. This food bank is the state's second largest, serving 11 counties and distributing more than 18 million pounds of food each year. While Pittsburgh's Allegheny County has a population of over 1.2 million, the agency's remaining 10 counties average less than 125,000. Four of its service counties are 90% or more rural, with five more predominantly rural.

If you'd prefer to make a donation rather than send nonperishables, the food bank website features "tribute" donations through a checkbox at the bottom of the page just below "Do you have any additional requests for your contribution?" At the "Next Step," you may enter your choice of Gift (Tribute) and Person being honored (Suggestion: Obama supporters against Hunger and Poverty)

The attached list of items are badly needed at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
Items the Pittsburgh Food bank needs

(If you are in the Philadelphia area, please contact Chandrima Chatterjee ( who is gearing up a parallel food drive supporting Philabundance, the state's largest food bank.)

CHALLENGE: CAN THE ONLINE DRIVE BEAT THE ONE ON THE GROUND IN PHILLY? We will post results here as they come in, so let us know your progress out there! Yes We Can!

"READ MORE>>" For packing and shipping instructions.

♦ Pack NON PERISHABLE food items in sturdy, medium sized boxes. Use a corrugated, brown box free of other markings or wrap in plain, brown paper.

♦ Use clear or brown packaging tape, reinforced packing tape or paper tape. Do not use cord, string, or twine. Tape the opening of the box and reinforce seams with 2-inch-wide tape.

♦ Try to stagger the sizes of the cans/boxes so the boxes all weigh approximately the same.

♦ Fill extra spaces with foam peanuts, bubble wrap and popcorn

♦ Do NOT send product in glass or liquid items that may leak.

♦ Please discard any opened packages or perishable foods as they are donated. The food bank cannot use them, and they may contaminate the other products.

♦ Do not put monetary donations in with the food donations.

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