PORTLAND — Oregon Humanities is requesting Oregon residents participate in its letter-exchange project, Dear Stranger.

Dear Stranger is a statewide project where Oregon residents write a letter, then receive a letter from someone they don’t know, in turn establishing a new connection. The project has been running since 2014. In 2020, more than 250 people participated, with letters coming from 29 states and two countries.

The project has rotating prompts for participants. The next prompt is: “How has your relationship with food — what you eat and how you get it — changed over the past year? What is a favorite meal of yours, and when is your first memory of that meal?”

Letters are swapped anonymously and curated by Oregon Humanities. To participate, send your letter before Feb. 28 to: Oregon Humanities, Attn: Dear Stranger, 921 SW Washington St., Suite 150, Portland, OR, 97205.

Each person receives a letter from the person who received the one they wrote. Whether writers choose to continue communicating via Oregon Humanities is up to them.

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