2020 Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation
The original mission of the Hopscotch Foundation was simple - to improve the nutrition and activity levels of at-risk youth in primarily low-income areas in Portland, Oregon to battle the "tsunami" of type 2 diabetes plaguing the community. Founder Dave Gunderson never imagined that these efforts would soon become a primary safety net for families in trouble.
Dave founded Hopscotch in 2015. He began serving one NE Portland School and members of the Blackfeet Native American Tribe in Browning, Montana in partnership with Medical Teams International.
Dave then turned his focus to significantly expanding his local presence in Portland schools, including Franklin High School, Boise-Eliot Elementary, Rosemary Anderson campuses, Faubion PK-8, Madison High School, Roosevelt High School, Rosa Parks Elementary School, Jefferson High School, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School, Benson High School, Rigler Elementary School, Irvington Elementary School and the Somali Council of Oregon, among others.
As the COVID pandemic hit, Hopscotch was in over eighteen schools in the Portland metro area and was perfectly positioned to help the students most in need from school closures and the loss of the sustenance school meals provided. Dave stepped into the void without hesitation and worked tirelessly, utilizing his deep connections in the schools to marshal resources to feed over 7,500 students. Dave quickly expanded his operations to set the foundation to feed thousands more. No one is turned away. Moreover, the dignity of families is honored by setting up farmer's market type food pantries full of healthy produce, staples, meats, eggs and so much more, where families can fill their bags according to their needs.
“This is an all-volunteer organization, where nearly every dollar goes toward feeding families. Dave is abundantly deserving of this award - he is a true community hero,” says Christina Arnerich, Arnerich Massena, who nominated Hopscotch Foundation for the award.
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