Earlier today (May 11), representatives from Siuslaw Valley Fire & Rescue and Western Lane Ambulance District were on hand for the presentation of a $2,500 check to Florence Food Share. The donation came as the result of an internal fundraising drive by members of the Lane Professional Firefighters, IAFF L851 to help support community members experiencing food insecurity. The fundraiser raised a total of $20,000, which included a $17,500 check given to Food For Lane County.
“As firefighters and paramedics, we often serve as our community’s last line of defense, whether facing fires, traumatic events, medical emergencies, mental health emergencies, or weather emergencies,” said Mike Caven President, Lane Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 851. “The current COVID19 pandemic is an emergency of a different kind. Where they respond to the virus on the front lines, firefighters and paramedics also saw an opportunity to respond to increased demand for food support in the communities we serve.”
According to Florence Food Share Director Janet Engel, the food pantry has seen a near 50 percent increase in service needs from within the community as a result of the pandemic over the past eight weeks. “Every dollar makes a difference in what we can provide to those who need it most,” Engel said. “We are extremely appreciative of this support from our first responders.”
The Lane Professional Firefighters Association, IAFF L851, is a local affiliate of the International Association of Firefighters.
IAFF L851 represents the professional Firefighters and Paramedics in Lane County Oregon serving with Eugene Springfield Fire, South Lane Fire & Rescue, Lane Fire Authority, Western Lane Ambulance, Siuslaw Valley Fire, Oakridge and Crescent Rural.