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Wauna donates to St. Vincent de Paul pantry

Kristen DeForrest, compliance specialist for Wauna (left), presents a check to Lorrie Radu and another pantry volunteer. (Wauna Credit Union)
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Wauna Credit Union employees recently donated more than $6,500 for the Food for Kids Program at the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Astoria.

Employees selected it as their charity of choice during the year.

“Our employees care about giving back to our communities and that’s why we chose the Food for Kids program,” said Kristen DeForrest, WCU compliance specialist. “I know this food makes a tremendous impact on the students’ ability to learn and grow, and we hope others will join us in supporting this very worthy cause.”

Last year, the pantry gave away 2,246 food bags, about 13,000 pounds of food, to needy residents.

Since the pantry began six years ago at Saint Mary, Star of the Sea, Church, it has given away more than 10,000 food bags.

“Every now and then we run into a parent who thanks us for being there for their family,” said Lorrie Radu, a pantry volunteer. “We like to think of it as delivering a little bag of hope every Friday.”

St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry is at 1465 Grand Ave., Astoria, and is open 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to noon Fridays and Saturdays.


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