As reported by KGW, this year’s Waterfront Blues Festival helped raise more than $1.3 million for the Oregon food Bank over the Forth of July weekend. That breaks its previous record by more than $400,000.
The previous record was set in 2012 when $902,000 was raised. However, this year saw less in actual food donations with only 62,000 pounds.
According to CEO of Oregon Food Bank Susannah Morgan, this year’s festival brought in 62,000 pounds of food.
The festival began in 1987, then known as the Rose City Blues Festival, to help the homeless. When Oregon Food Share, predecessor to Oregon Food Bank, took over as the beneficiary, the focus shifted to work to end hunger in Oregon.
The 2013 festival saw a record number of attendees thanks to headliners such as Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Mavis Staples and Robert Randolph and the Family Band.
For more information about the Oregon Food Bank and to learn how you can help fight hunger please visit their website.