The Ashland Food Angels project has helped feed millions of people in need in the Rogue Valley since its beginning in 1995, giving away a quarter- to a half-million pounds of food annually to people in need. Now this nonprofit group seeks financial support to continue their good work, and a festive celebration offers community members an opportunity to contribute to a worthwhile cause while enjoying hearty, healthy food and shopping for holiday gifts.
The Southern Oregon Food Solutions Group and the nonprofits Southern Oregon Pachamama Alliance and Emerging Futures are hosting a celebration and fundraiser, with the support of the Bellview Grange.
Festivities and a by-donation soup, salad and sandwich bar begin at noon, as do a silent auction and a holiday gift bazaar, with a by-donation dessert bar beginning at 2 pm. At 1 pm music and comedy entertainment will be offered by some of the Food Angels, including founder, Pamala Joy, whose background includes professional clowning. She will also give an overview of the Food Angels organization and answer questions. Other performers include Alexis Hatfield and Eroldi Idlore, both musicians as well as Food Angels.
The host organizations' goal is to raise $5,000 to help the Food Angels with the repair and upgrade of their small facility, to contribute to the maintenance of their vehicles and to help cover the many other costs of running a daily grassroots volunteer organization. Cash donations to the Food Angels are accepted year round and may be given at the celebration or by going to the nonprofit's website at http://AshlandFoodAngels.org. Those interested in volunteering should visit the site or call 541-482-5330 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.