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Haul Across America Tour launches from Portland

Fort Smith, Arkansas (October 9, 2007) —

No one knows better than local food banks and food-rescue organizations what it’s like on the front lines in the fight against childhood hunger. That’s why the “Haul Across America” tour is traveling across the nation – to gather and tell those stories.

On October 17th at 10:30 a.m. the tour will launch from The Society of St. Vincent De Paul food rescue organization in Portland located at 5120 SE Milwaukee Avenue. This organization is a member of the America’s Second Harvest network - the largest charitable hunger relief organization in the country.

After the Portland launch, a growing collection of stories will be carried across the country in the cab of an ABF truck in an effort to increase awareness about childhood hunger. There will be stops in select cities along the way to publicize the effort. The “Haul Across America” tour will end in Washington D.C. on March 1st. There the stories will be presented for recognition.

“We are very excited to be the launching city” says Sharon Hills, Executive Director of Portland’s Society of St. Vincent De Paul “We will place the first story in the collection to kick off the event. We want the community to be aware of childhood hunger in Portland and the fact that they can be a part of the solution.”

The “Haul Across America” tour is a part of the U-Pack-A-BackPack initiative – a national virtual food drive to fight childhood hunger. This is a joint effort between The America’s Second Harvest Network and ABF U-Pack Moving®. All donations to the virtual food drive at www.U-PackaBackPack.org will be tracked by zip code and remain in the communities in which the donations were made. Local contributions will then be utilized to support area food bank programs that help feed children and their families.

The public is invited to attend this event and learn more about hunger in Portland. For more information or to donate visit www.U-www.PackaBackPack.org

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Portland offers assistance with food, clothing and housing for those in need regardless of race, creed, color or religion. They are dedicated to promoting human dignity and integrity. For more information contact Sharon Hills sharon@svdppdx.org 503-234-5287 http://www.svdppdx.org

America’s Second Harvest – The Nation’s Food Bank Network is the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the country with more than 200 Member food banks and food-rescue organizations serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The Network supports approximately 50,000 local charitable agencies operating more than 90,000 programs including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs and Kids Cafes. Last year they provided food assistance to more than 25 million people in the United States. For more on the America’s Second Harvest Network, please visit www.secondharvest.org.

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For more information contact:
Kay Lynn Clay