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.
October 27, 2015
Donor of the Year – Waste Management
Most of us know Waste Management as the company that picks up our recycling and trash. They also provide environmental services for the City of Portland and manage most of the garbage generated in the Metro area, using it to generate clean and green renewable energy. What you might not know, is that the company is also committed to emergency preparedness.
October 13, 2015
Oregon Food Bank is alerting recipients of food through the Oregon Food Bank Network and associated partner agencies, pantries and community kitchens of a voluntary recall of canned seafood due to a potential botulism contamination. There have been no reported cases of illness to date but the bacterium can cause life threatening illness or death.
October 6, 2015
The Oregon Food Bank Network is asking people who received food from a pantry to check their cupboards for recalled boxes of General Mills Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios. General Mills says the boxes being recalled may contain an undeclared allergen – wheat – which could cause adverse health effects for some people. More information on the recall and code dates are detailed in this press release from General Mills.
October 1, 2015
In 2015, Oregon Food Bank was honored for a fifth year as one of Regence BlueCross BlueShield's Community Partner Organizations. The objective of the partnership is to provide significant funding and employee volunteerism support that allows Oregon Food Bank to achieve “game-changing” improvements in programming and infrastructure.
September 30, 2015
As we close out Hunger Action Month, we’re relieved that the U.S. Congress passed a temporary spending bill to avert a government shutdown. It means 758,000 Oregonians will continue to receive SNAP (food stamps) benefits. However, the problem remains. Congress must pass a budget by December 11 or we will be back in this same quagmire. While negotiating a funding bill involves many complex and politically challenging policy issues, cutting SNAP funding cannot be one of them.