November 19, 2014
Leadership Award - Fred Meyer
Partnership is about synergistic, collaborative efforts. Fred Meyer Stores engages everyone. From their leadership team and their employees to their vendors and customers, they help the community focus on alleviating hunger in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. Their thoughtful and strategic leadership encourages innovation and teamwork throughout the OFB Network and their stores. Fred Meyer is willing to try new methods to end hunger, even if the results are not immediate.
November 12, 2014
Jackie Fearing Volunteer Award – Jeri & Tricia Dobbs
For 12 years, Jeri and Tricia Dobbs have inventoried, stocked and packed bins of equipment and supplies for our Nutrition Education Program’s off-site classes. They have given hundreds of hours to making sure course participants and volunteer educators have everything needed. Additionally, Jeri and Tricia helped set-up the Kaiser Permanente Teaching Kitchen at Oregon Food Bank’s Beaverton location. Their knowledge of the Nutrition Education Program was useful in helping create a kitchen environment that best supports class participants, Master Gardeners and volunteers using the space.
November 12, 2014
Now that the election is over, Congress will return to Washington today to finish its remaining business. We expect that extending several expiring tax provisions will be a high priority for Congress and it’s our goal to ensure that the food donation tax deduction is included.
Please join Feeding America’s call-in day to show Congress that you support a tax deduction for farmers who donate food to us.
Calling Congress is easy. Here's how:
1. Just dial Feeding America's toll free number, (888) 398-8702. Listen to the pre-recorded message and enter your ZIP code when prompted.
2. Once you are connected to your congressional offices, say that you are a constituent and give your name and the town you are calling from.
3. Let them know you are calling about the food donation tax deduction and deliver this important message:
"Senator/Representative, please support the provisions included in the America Gives More Act tax legislation this year. The legislation improves tax incentives for food donations and would help farmers, small businesses, and others to donate more food to food banks and other local charities. We waste 70 billion pounds of food in this country, and yet nearly 47 million Americans are turning to food banks for help. You can help food banks get more food to those in need in our community by passing food donation legislation before the end of the year."
Be sure to dial back in and speak with both of your senators and your representative.
Thank you for your continued support today.
November 11, 2014
There's a day of giving thanks, and two days for getting deals. Now, there's a day dedicated to giving back. #GIVINGTUESDAY is December 2. Give the gift of hunger relief in Oregon and Clark County, Washington.
November 5, 2014
Ford Motor Company Fund
It is said that Henry Ford never forgot the common man. The Ford Motor Company Fund honors this legacy by building strong communities through support for basic needs to our neighbors in need. In just two years, the Ford Motor Company Fund has provided significant funding and systematically worked to engage every single Ford dealership in the Pacific Northwest to actively fight childhood hunger in the local community. They plan to unleash the same horsepower to fight the root causes of hunger. We appreciate their extraordinary commitment and exceptional engagement.
November 1, 2014
PGE works collaboratively nonprofits and other organizations in an effort to meet the needs of their community and achieve their business goals. With great consideration, they invest in programs and sponsor events that reflect their customers’ values, employees’ community interests, and their company’s business priorities.
October 28, 2014
Food Donor of the Year
– Ron LeFore Family Farms
Members of the LeFore family have worked the soil for generations. It all began when two brothers left their fruit stands in the Ukraine to try farming in America. For many years, Ron LeFore Family Farms have quietly donated to food banks throughout the Feeding America network. They produce and pack some of the Northwest’s finest apples. Within their commercial packing lines there is a “food bank” category. This high quality product will go to families in need throughout the Pacific Northwest. In spite of a less than average harvest in 2013, Ron LeFore Family Farms donated 200,000 pounds of apples.
October 23, 2014
The 2014 Oregon Harvest Dinner broke its fundraising record as nearly 500 people helped Oregon Food Bank raise more than $600,000 to support hunger relief. Funds raised at the October 18th event will support programs and services in Oregon and Clark County, Washington.
October 22, 2014
Through your support, Oregon Food Bank achieved many successes this year. A health screening program was expanded to identify hunger-related health risks. Curriculum for our gardening skills class was translated to Spanish. A 15% crop donation tax credit for farmers became law. See the full report.
October 1, 2014
Thank you, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon for engaging in hunger relief by donating food, time and money to our collective community effort. Regence employees provided 1,355 meals through a food drive and volunteered a total of 359 hours repacking food. In addition, Regence and their employees made substantial financial contributions to Oregon Food Bank. These elements alone established a position in the coveted Corporate Donor of the Month program, however, there is a deeper thread that entwines Regence and Oregon Food Bank that bears mention.