October 31, 2014
Personal connections make a difference in getting food delivered to the hungry in Oregon.
When it comes to feeding the hungry in Oregon, personal relationships and generous spirits can make up for a lack of clout and money.
Calling upon friendships and connections and jumping the institutional barriers that sometimes separate people of good will, staff with the Oregon Food Bank and Farmers Ending Hunger coordinated a donation of 150,000 pounds of potatoes that otherwise might have been tilled under.
July 6, 2014
They did it again. In the fading hours of its fourth day, the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival announced it had tentatively passed its $1 million fundraising goal for the second time, with $1,114,004 for the Oregon Food Bank, to be exact.
May 30, 2014
The classroom fills with laughter and chatter as nine chefs get to business preparing tonight's meal: pasta with green beans, apple raisin salad and peanut butter banana pockets.
It's a mouth-watering medley of aromas and a delicious combination of entrées.
This week marked the graduation for students in Cooking Matters, a course taught through the Oregon Food Bank Nutrition Education Program at Reynolds Middle School.
April 29, 2014
Food for Lane County installed a backup generator at the end of April. The Eugene warehouse stores about a half million pounds of food -- about half of it is perishable. The generator will prevent food loss and spoilage in the event of a power outage.
The massive $178 thousand dollar generator was paid for by donations and grants, including the Michael D. Horowitz Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. Horowitz, a local school teacher, established the fund to provide food, shelter and clothing to the needy and homeless in Eugene and Springfield.
April 29, 2014
Last Thursday, Kitzhaber was at the Oregon Food Bank’s warehouse headquarters in northeast Portland to sign a bill providing a tax credit to farmers for donating crops to hunger programs. A similar program was in place for decades before lapsing in 2011, mostly because the Legislature just lost track of it – the way we now lose track of tons of produce that won’t be sold but could still feed people.
February 25, 2014
For years, Oregon had a small tax credit to help farmers with the costs of getting their donated crops from the ground onto the OFB loading dock, and then it lapsed in 2011. This session of the Legislature, there’s a bill to restore it, and while everything about farming is seasonal, the moment for this couldn’t be more ripe.
January 22, 2014
In Oregon, about 80,000 people will see monthly benefits reduced if Congress changes the Heat and Eat program.
September 18, 2013
Potatoes, carrots, and onions. Add a smidgeon of thyme, a few of cups of water, some salt, pepper, cayenne and a little bit of beef, and a family has all the makings of a nutritious, but easy stick-to-your-ribs stew.
On Monday, officials with the Oregon Food Bank, Farmers Ending Hunger and others reminded lawmakers that one of their priorities is to put more fresh vegetables and protein into the hands of the hungry so they, too, can eat simply but well.
June 20, 2013
Caren Sargent plucks a carrot from the soil of a raised garden bed and chomps away.
“This is the best inmate food I’ve ever had,” she says.
Sargent is one of the lucky few inmates at Multnomah County’s Inverness Jail allowed to perform work duty at the jail’s new organic garden.
May 9, 2013
The opportunity to make a difference comes right to your mailbox.
A food pantry volunteer hands 5-year-old Shannon a bag with three cookies as her mother, Amelia, waits her turn for emergency food in the crowded lobby of Hope Pantry. Amelia's husband once built barges and got good promotions, but now he suffers from arthritis so severe he can't use his hands.