January 4, 2016
Both our Portland and Beaverton locations are closed today and all activities have been cancelled for the day.
January 1, 2016
December 18, 2015
Today, the collective voice of Oregon's nonprofit community was heard. Both houses of Congress voted to make permanent key tax incentives that promote, encourage and reward charitable giving. This historic legislation included three critical provisions that motivate small businesses to donate food, landowners to conserve land and individual citizens to make charitable donations through their retirement accounts.
December 14, 2015
December 16, CEO Susannah Morgan delivered Oregon Food Bank’s inaugural State of Hunger address, launching a new tradition for the organization.
Speaking to the theme of "Food Today, Food Tomorrow, Food for All," Morgan provided an update as to who is experiencing hunger, as well as steps that are being taken locally to eliminate hunger and its roots causes.
A recording of the address can be viewed here.
December 1, 2015
November 25, 2015
Jackie Fearing Volunteer Award – Bonny & Mike Fazzi
It’s been six years since Bonny and Mike Fazzi began volunteering regularly for Oregon Food Bank. Since then they have invited everyone to come volunteer with them, including family, friends, neighbors and even people them meet at the local pub. Their friendly, cheerful attitudes help new volunteers feel comfortable and included. They make an effort to connect with each and every volunteer that comes through the door.
November 18, 2015
Innovation Award – Judy Alley, SnowCap
For almost 25 years Judy Alley has led SnowCap, the largest food pantry in our network, through countless adaptations and innovations to improve service to people living in East Multnomah County.
Judy embodies the client-centered approach to service that we all aspire to; she truly holds hungry people at the center of all she does as the leader of SnowCap. With this approach comes a recognition of the need for constant creativity and innovation to best meet people experiencing hunger. Over the years these innovations have included: expanding the foot print of SnowCap’s building, shifting to shopping style pantry distribution, and developing creative partnerships.
November 13, 2015
Partnerships like the one we have with Farmers Ending Hunger make it possible for us to do the work we do.
November 11, 2015
Jerry Tippens Advocacy Award – David Sarasohn
No Oregon writer has carried the banner of hunger with such dogged persistence as David Sarasohn. For many years, David has made a huge impact on the conscience of our community and even made a difference all the way to our congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. He’s had an impact on hunger issues such as extending the free school lunch program and giving tax credits to growers who want to donate produce to food banks. David has proven the age old cliché - the pen can be mightier than the sword.
November 4, 2015
Leadership Award – Jay Feeney, Albertsons Safeway
In 2001 Oregon Food Bank envisioned the Fresh Alliance program, an effort to divert food from grocery stores to hungry people around the state. Fresh Alliance collects nutritious, perishable food that is near the “sell by” date but is still safe for consumption.
Jay Feeney, Albertsons Safeway’s environmental manager, has been a part of Fresh Alliance since the beginning. In fact, he implemented the program at ten of the first participating Albertsons stores back in 2003.