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Community Food Security

We envision communities across Oregon and southwest Washington where citizens are empowered and actively engaged to attain personal and community food security. We use three primary tactics to achieve this vision: community foods organizing following the FEAST model, community food assessment and implementation through the placement of RARE AmeriCorps participants and food systems networking. This approach has proven successful in creating positive change through community-based food system leadership, building of shared vision and action plans and effective plan implementation.


* Food, Education, Agriculture Solutions Together.

FEAST is a community organizing process that allows participants to engage in an informed and facilitated discussion about food, education and agriculture in their community and begin to work toward solutions together to help build a healthier, more equitable and more resilient local food system.

Learn more about the program.


* Resource Assistance for Rural Environments

RARE is an AmeriCorps program benefiting rural communities. The program is based at University of Oregon's Service Center. OFB partners with RARE to place program participants in rural communities, working on local food system assesment, planning and implementation.

Learn more about the RARE program at the University of Oregon.

Learn more about OFB's partnership with RARE.

Learn about the history of the partnership.

To learn more about OFB's work with RARE participants, contact Sharon Thornberry,

Food For Oregon

This 'go to' resource provides information about local food in Oregon, including a searchable database of community food programs, an events calendar, forums and the Food for Oregon listserv. We are pleased to offer this resource in partnership with Oregon State University.
Visit the Food for Oregon website.


Community food system resources

See materials from community food assessments, workshop presentations, reports and more.