Sisters Kiwanis Food Bank is facing continually increased demand as Sisters enters the winter season. A Sisters market is stepping in to help.

Melvin’s by Newport Ave. Market has launched its Food for February campaign.

Melvin’s will match community food donations dollar for dollar up to $5,000 through December, with the food to be available in the depths of winter in February.

“We’re red hot and rolling all month long,” Newport Market/Melvin’s CEO Lauren Johnson told The Nugget.

One hundred percent of proceeds go to wholesale pricing and purchasing as much food as possible for the lean months of winter in Sisters Country.

Johnson said that last year the program raised $8,000.

“We know that Oregon is one of the hungriest states in the union, which is kind of disturbing, to be honest,” Johnson said.

Johnson is gratified by the responsiveness of the Sisters community to help those in need.

“It’s pretty cool to see the level of giving that people have chosen to participate in,” she said.