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  • Chris' Story

    December 2, 2014

    “As soon as the recession hit, I was homeless. I was trying to find a job, a place, but nothing worked out and I just got caught up in the homeless cycle,” said Chris, a regular visitor to The Underground at Clay Street Table. Every week, The Underground provides community, meals and support to youth and young adults struggling with homelessness.

    Clay Street Table is one of hundreds of partner agencies supported through your donations to Oregon Food Bank. Each week, they feed people living in downtown Portland and struggling with hunger. Hundreds of pounds of fresh, frozen and canned goods are distributed through their pantry and meal programs.

    “Life has many surprises. It’s very surprising where it will take you at times and where you think it will take you it doesn’t. But,” Chris adds, “people are people and you have to accept people and love ‘em for what they are. Always help people.”  

    Oregon Food Bank believes that hunger starves the human spirit, but when communities come together to nourish people, they thrive. You can help solve hunger. A gift to Oregon Food Bank not only solves hunger today, but it helps solve the root causes of hunger.

    Will you help?

  • Dawn's Story

    December 2, 2014

    “I went to my doctor and he told me I am pre-diabetic and that I needed to eat healthier and lose weight,” said Dawn, a local Cooking Matters graduate. “My husband and I used to eat out a lot but since he’s the only one working right now, we need to save money.”

    Volunteers who teach nutrition education courses at Oregon Food Bank say many of the participants face similar issues. Cooking Matters classes meet once a week for six weeks and are designed to challenge food preferences and habits. Along with cooking methods, nutrition, and food safety, students take a tour of a local grocery store where they learn practical shopping and meal planning. These skills combined increase food security and quality of life.

    “I’m learning how to discipline myself to only eat what I need. Since I need more fiber in my diet, the other night I learned how to add more vegetables to soup,” Dawn explains. “I really like the step by step process and hands on learning. My husband grades me on these new recipes. He gave an “A” to the pizza and chili.”
    Your year-end gift to Oregon Food Bank will help hundreds of people like Dawn to learn how to live a healthier life that allows them to be more resilient and adaptable.

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  • 2014 Hunger Hero: Jerry Tippens Advocacy Award

    November 26, 2014

    Jerry Tippens Advocacy Award - Commissioner Dan Saltzman

    Commissioner Dan Saltzman has gone above and beyond to help Portland families put enough food on their tables. In 2013, he proposed adding hunger as a critical issue in the Portland Children’s Levy. He successfully campaigned for the inclusion and as a result, more than $2.6 million will be invested in anti-hunger programs in Portland over the next three years. In addition, Commissioner Saltzman has raised awareness among his colleagues by spearheading two food repack shifts in the last year for City of Portland employees. His leadership and advocacy for Portland families experiencing food insecurity make him a true anti-hunger hero.

  • 2014 Hunger Hero: Fred Meyer

    November 19, 2014
    Fred Meyer

    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.

  • 2014 Hunger Hero: Jackie Fearing Volunteer Award

    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.

  • Today is National Call-In Day

    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.

  • December 2nd is Giving Tuesday

    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.

  • 2014 Hunger Hero: Donor of the Year

    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.

  • Corporate donor of the month: PGE

    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.

  • 2014 Hunger Hero: Food Donor of the Year

    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.

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