Food for Thought Festival kicks off

FILE - Robby Veeder, from Vancouver, Wash., unloads a barrel of food donations at the Oregon Food Bank in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
FILE - Robby Veeder, from Vancouver, Wash., unloads a barrel of food donations at the Oregon Food Bank in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A unique fundraising effort kicked off Thursday night at the Portland Art Museum.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland is presenting this “Food for Thought Festival.” The four-day event includes performances from comedians, lectures from writers, and art exhibits.

It’s all to draw attention to the hunger problem in Oregon.

In some categories, Oregon is among the worst states in the country for hunger. About 92,000 children in the state eat out of emergency food boxes, and the Oregon Food Bank puts together 3 million of those boxes each year.

This festival hopes to raise awareness of the problem in Oregon, while collecting donations for the food banks.

Events include writer lectures at Powell’s Books, free admission to the Portland Art Museum, and shows at Helium Comedy Club.

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