ASHLAND, Ore--- Residents of Ashland donated thousands of pounds of food to the Ashland Emergency Food Bank Saturday, despite very snowy weather.
The Ashland Food Project and the Ashland Emergency Foodbank team up every two months to collect food for the city. The drive happens every 2nd Saturday of every even month. So, during the months of February, April, June, and so on.
The cold weather made Saturday a little extra special.
Collectors have to drive to pick up bags that residents leave out to be donated. The weather made that a difficult thing to make happen. The collectors did not hesitate.
Officials of the drive say nearly 3,000 homes donated on Saturday.
Cars full of food wrapped around the Ashland Emergency Foodbank, ready to drop off the donations.
Paul Giancarlo, a district coordinator for the Ashland Food Project was inspired by the entire day.
"People are out here and getting the bags because that's what we do. It's very inspiring to see all of these people out here helping support the organization." said Giancarlo.
Even the young ones got involved with the sorting.
Rio Giancarlo is a 15-year-old sophomore at Ashland High School. He has been involved with project since he was 5-years-old.
"It just shows the dedication and what this food project means to the community. Like, how much it means everyone, how much it means to help people." Rio said.
Little kids are also getting involved. Like 10-year-old Emmie Sniffen.
"It makes us feel really proud that our community is doing things to support other people." Sniffen said.
Sniffen invited her friend Ophelia Broadbent to Saturday's drive, and she participated for the first time. Broadbent was just as proud of her community, as everyone else.
"It makes me pretty grateful because all of these people care about all of the people that can't get the things that they need. So, it makes me feel grateful." Broadbent said during the drive.
The food that is donated goes to a wide variety of people. It does not have to be just the homeless. It also goes to previously furloughed workers for example. It can go to anyone who needs just a little bit of extra help.