For the third year in a row, the Oregon Food Bank Network distributed more than 1 million emergency food boxes in Oregon and southwest Washington. This staggering figure underscores the fact that hundreds of thousands of families and individuals throughout our region continue to struggle with hunger. But with the support of our community, donors and partners, we were able to provide food, education and hope to our neighbors in need. Here’s how ...
We focused on freshness
OFB’s Fresh Alliance program brings some of the most in-demand emergency food to those who need it most by working closely with local grocers and retailers to secure donations of nutritious produce, meat, dairy and more. in fy 2012-13, the program saw extraordinary growth, with more than 11 million pounds of food donated — a 22 percent increase over the prior year.
We championed self-reliance
With your help, our education programs continued to build important partnerships, with the goal of increasing self-reliance and improving the health of communities throughout our region. In FY 2012-13, our Learning Gardens team introduced a new Seed to Supper program and curriculum – a five-week basic budget gardening series, created in partnership with Oregon State University Extension faculty and Master Gardener volunteers.
We also extended the reach of our Nutrition Education program with our Cooking Matters® courses. more than 550 students participated in 48 courses in OFB’s Southeast Oregon, Metro and Washington County branches.
We advocated for change
Our work to advocate for public policies and programs that address hunger plays an important role in OFB’s ability to fulfill our mission. On April 18, food bankers from throughout the state visited more than 70 members and staff from the Oregon Legislature at the state capitol for Oregon Hunger Response day, urging state lawmakers to make food a priority. Their efforts paid off. By the end of the legislative session in July 2013, the Legislature had made significant investments in food and nutrition programs, helping thousands of our neighbors in need throughout our region.
We spread our arms wide
Our essential partnership with the OFB network of Regional Food Banks makes it possible to bring food where it is needed most – from metropolitan centers to the most remote corners of Oregon. in FY 2012-13, the OFB network secured more than 86.3M pounds of food and distributed over 1,109,000 emergency food boxes to individuals and families in need.
We received trememdous community support
Donations of food, funds, time and talent make our work to fight hunger possible. Please check back, our donor lists for FY 2012-13 will be posted online soon.