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OCH Food Drive For Migrant Farmworkers Has Record Year

One Community Health’s annual Cherry Harvest Migrant Farmworker Food Drive had a record year, raising $3,400 in donations.  The money was delivered to the Columbia Gorge Food Bank, which in turn purchased 12,240 pounds of food that is being distributed to migrant farmworkers and their families as they arrive in the Gorge to pick cherries for a number of orchards.  A One Community Health spokesperson says the workers arrive to the region without enough money to support themselves and their families until the first paycheck arrives, and the food drive strives to address the need.  One Community Health will be rolling out its migrant farmworker outreach program, connecting with farmworkers and their families in the orchards to provide critical health education and health screenings.  The non-profit health center will also have special walk-in hours for the workers.