2019 Watershed Wellness winter food drive report

Though spring is seemingly just around the corner, we are still truly in the deep of winter. With an unusually mild winter season so far in NW Oregon, I’ve found myself feeling relief for the less fortunate in our city. Portland has one of the highest homeless populations in metro areas of the United States, and all too often we see news reports of people in deep suffering because of this. Exposure to the elements, lack of adequate sanitation and medical care and, of course, food insecurity are among the hazards our homeless community members face.

A mild winter may reduce the danger of exposure, but it doesn’t make food fall from the sky.

One of my favorite things about the Pacific Northwest is the sense of community pride, and the ability for everyone to unite when the going gets rough. It’s this energy that encourages the tradition for many businesses and personal groups to organize food or clothing drives to help those in need.

As a clinic community, Watershed Wellness embraces the values of compassion and the alleviation of suffering in all the people in our communities, no matter their financial means. To help continue to find ways to practice what we preach, we decided to host our first ever Winter Food Drive. Hunger is a scourge that we believe must be eliminated if we are to start working towards wider community wellness. In many ways, it starts with the basics – food being primary among them.

We are happy to say the food drive was more successful than we could have imagined!

We managed to donate 225 pounds of non-perishable items recommended by Oregon Food Bank, which equates to 188 meals to be distributed to families across Oregon. We thank each and every person who took the time, energy and money to contribute to people who may be struggling to get even a single regular meal a day.

If you don’t know about the work that the Oregon Food Bank does, and would like to make a contribution now – please do head over to their website. They do wonderful work.

For fun and in the spirit of community giving, we did add an incentive to our food drive contributions. Every person who donated three items was entered to win a Coastal Wellness Retreat at our Astoria clinic, which includes a one night stay at the Cannery Pier Hotel, three holistic health treatments at the clinic, AND a goodie bag with Eminence products and a Snow Lotus essential oil.

While people would have donated anyway – this certainly gave a little extra energy to the process. 🙂

Our super-lucky winner was drawn last week, and we’d like to congratulate Dina Pavlenko on her big win! With the big success of this food drive, we’d like to make this an annual tradition now, and invite everyone to participate as much and as often as they can for next year.

We’ll definitely be looking for more fun incentives so people are encouraged to break through the inertia that keeps so many of us from contributing.

Cheers from your practitioners at both clinics! Thank you!

Written by Amanda Koennecke


I’ve made it my life’s work to bring health and happiness into my clients’ lives by way of skin care solutions. With a pursuant interest in the Ayurvedic health system (dating back to 5000 BC), my treatments always come from a loving, healing place. From skin detoxification, to nourishing facial massage, to extractions, to light therapy for the treatment of age spots, everyone has a chief concern they’d like to address.