Access to healthy food for families in need to increase in Portland, statewide
Accessing food pantries will soon get a whole lot easier for many families living in Portland. Oregon Food Bank’s School Pantry Program recently received funding from the Portland Children’s Levy. The $1.282 million will help maintain seven existing pantries in the city of Portland and allow for the addition of 11 more over the next three years.
The School Pantry Program serves low-income families at schools that have at least 65% free and reduced lunch rates. For many families, schools are a familiar and convenient location. In addition, the pantries serve as a natural entry point for families to receive other services and can encourage more school involvement. Families who visit a school pantry are able to choose fresh and healthy foods including produce, eggs, meat, canned items, and staples such as rice and pasta.
Support from donors like you have helped establish 14 school pantries in Multnomah, Washington and Tillamook counties. Under Oregon Food Bank’s new strategic direction, an additional 41 pantries will be added by 2017, including some in Clackamas, Harney and Malheur counties.
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