You can help! Take part in the 'Take a Bite out of Hunger' food drive November 2

KVAL News and Natural Dentures hosted the Take a Bite out of Hunger Food Drive at Rife’s Home Furniture Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. The food drive ends at 6:30 p.m. Donors drove through the parking lot to drop off non-perishable food donations or cash or check donations. While visiting, they had the chance to eat Philyaws barbecue and see the Cosmos Creations puffed caramel corn ball. All donations went to Food for Lane County. Photo by Amanda Butt

EUGENE, Ore. - The "Take a Bite out of Hunger" food drive benefiting Food for Lane County is Thursday, November 2.

The need in Lane County is great.

For some people, food is a given - it's something you don't even think about.

Buy food. Eat food. Repeat.

But for many families in Lane County, especially in the winter, it's another cost that might break the bank.

"Food budgets can get stretched even more thin, and sometimes take a back seat," said Brad Bassi, of Food for Lane County. "Our supply of non-perishable food hits a low this time of year. We're coming off of summer when food drives tend to be slow."

KVAL will be out at the Bi-Mart on 18th and Chambers from 5 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. taking your canned goods and money donations. If you're wondering what to bring, Brad Bassi has a golden rule:

"Would you eat it. It sounds simple, it sounds silly, but we want to be getting people the best possible foods," said Bassi. "Not dented cans beyond recognition, but good quality food."

Some possible items are chili, tuna, canned chicken, or canned fruits or vegetables.

So whether you choose to can it or go the cash route, it's helping people, a friend, a neighbor or a stranger in Lane County.

For more information on the food drive, you can visit

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