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St. Charles Bend nurses, colleagues donate food


Local nurses, hospital workers and administrators at St. Charles Bend partnered to collect and donate more than 300 pounds of food and needed toiletries to Central Oregon nonprofit The Giving Plate this week, the Oregon Nurses Association reported.

The nearly 900 registered nurses working at St. Charles Bend are represented by ONA.

“Nurses are honored to serve our community and support our neighbors both inside and outside the hospital. This food drive shows what we can achieve when we work together to make a difference for Central Oregon families,” said local ONA leader Jackie Howe, RN.

Nurses and other workers at St. Charles Bend have been collecting canned foods, dry goods, toiletries and other necessities at the hospital for the last two weeks. The Giving Plate collected the final donated items on Tuesdsay.

“The Giving Plate is the largest food pantry in Central Oregon, serving over 2,900 people per month in all three of our food-relief programs. Without the support that comes from our community we wouldn’t be able to meet the needs of the food-insecure individuals in our area. We are truly grateful for St. Charles staff reaching out to us to link arms in the fight against hunger,” said The Giving Plate Co-Director Ranae Staley.

The Giving Plate is a 501(c)3 nonprofit which has helps Central Oregon families and individuals struggling with food insecurity. To learn more about donating to the Giving Plate, visit

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