Our Story

We’re probably not what you expect when you think of a food bank. In Oregon, we do things differently.

We started off like most food banks did back in 1988. That’s when Interagency Food Bank and Oregon Food Share merged to become Oregon Food Bank, and we distributed USDA Commodity Supplemental Food to over 200 hunger-relief agencies.

Today, Oregon Food Bank collects food from farmers, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, individuals and government sources. We distribute that food through a Statewide Network of 21 Regional Food Banks and approximately 970 partner agencies serving all of Oregon and Clark County, Washington.

It seems like a big job, and it is. We absolutely couldn’t do it alone. But, distributing food is not the entire job. Like we said – we do things differently in Oregon.

Our Mission 

To eliminate hunger and its root causes…

because no one should be hungry.

Think Beyond the Can

In our work to eliminate hunger in Oregon, we believe we must also address the root causes of hunger through public policy, nutrition and garden education, and public awareness.

We focus on freshness

By 2019, we expect to be distributing 15 million pounds of produce each year.

We champion self-reliance

Our nutrition and garden education programs, as well as community food organizing activities, increase self-reliance and improve the health of communities.

We advocate for change

We advocate for public policies and programs that address hunger at its root causes.

  • We urge lawmakers to make food a priority by investing in policies and programs that reduce hunger and build healthy communities.
  • We recognize race and place are central determinants in individual and community health.
  • We commit to combating systems and behavior which undercut food security.
  • We actively cultivate new strategies for underserved communities and seek to engage people facing hunger in both long-term solutions and day-to-day program delivery.

We are dedicated to ensuring that no one goes hungry today, that Oregon becomes the first state without hunger, and that people experiencing hunger are at the center of all we do.

We are members of Feeding America, a national organization supporting more than 200 food banks across the country, and the largest domestic hunger relief agency in the U.S.