Siletz firefighters collect food for local families

Siletz Valley Fire District volunteers and staff collected over 1,000 pounds of food for families in need on Wednesday night. (Photos by Stephanie Blair)

Siletz firefighters took to the streets on Wednesday, Dec. 4, to collect food for their annual “Food for Families” drive. This was the eighth annual occurrence of the food drive, but this year they added a twist: rather than having donors bring food to the station, the station went to the donors.

“Usually in the past we’ve had a haunted house to collect the food,” explained Liz Kevek, a volunteer firefighter who organized the drive, “but we weren’t able to have that this year … so we did this and there’s a lot of food.”

In addition to donations, the station will use cash donations to purchase fresh produce, as well as a turkey or ham for every basket, and they purchased staple foods through the Lincoln County Food Share – things like cooking oil and flour.

Kevek estimated that last year they distributed 47 food baskets to families through the drive, but looking at the haul of over 1,000 pounds of food from Wednesday, this year’s donations are shaping up to provide for more than 50 local families in need of a holiday dinner. Firefighters unloading food noted that this year yielded the highest amount of donations in the history of the drive.

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