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10 02, 2021

Our 2021 #EmergeStronger Legislative Priorities

2021-02-10T02:18:03-08:00

This legislative session offers a meaningful opportunity to address the harmful policies and systems that drive hunger. That's why we're prioritizing three key issue areas  this year to fight root causes of hunger and poverty — and #EmergeStronger from the pandemic. Learn More & Take Action [...]

Our 2021 #EmergeStronger Legislative Priorities2021-02-10T02:18:03-08:00
22 01, 2021

Inauguration Reflections and Martin Luther King Jr.’s Call-to-Action

2021-04-16T11:32:13-07:00

So many of us are breathing a huge sigh of relief this week — not due to any particular partisan or electoral outcome, but because our nation’s Inauguration Day went off largely without incident. It’s hard to believe that the peaceful transfer of power is something that could be at risk in [...]

Inauguration Reflections and Martin Luther King Jr.’s Call-to-Action2021-04-16T11:32:13-07:00
8 01, 2021

Resolving to Defend Inclusive Democracy in 2021

2021-01-08T17:32:14-08:00

by Susannah Morgan, CEO I had intended to come to you today with Oregon Food Bank's resolutions for the new year. But the attack on our U.S. Capitol and anti-democratic action in Salem and Olympia this week bring new meaning and focus to what we must all "resolve" to do [...]

Resolving to Defend Inclusive Democracy in 20212021-01-08T17:32:14-08:00
11 12, 2020

Oregon Food Bank Statement on $2.9M State Investment in Emergency Food Assistance

2020-12-11T18:05:28-08:00

Legislative Emergency Board funds will help to address rising food insecurity across Oregon in the wake of COVID-19 PORTLAND, OR — The Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board today approved a $2.9 million investment in emergency food assistance through the Oregon Food Bank Network — a critical allocation at a time when [...]

Oregon Food Bank Statement on $2.9M State Investment in Emergency Food Assistance2020-12-11T18:05:28-08:00
11 12, 2020

This crisis is real — and real action is needed to address hunger and poverty right now.

2021-01-08T17:33:27-08:00

by Susannah Morgan, CEO I was just talking to my colleague, Paul, who drives our truck out to the Crossroads free food market in NE Portland. He said the line for food assistance this morning went on for blocks. Paul said to me: "Susannah, things are getting real." And I [...]

This crisis is real — and real action is needed to address hunger and poverty right now.2021-01-08T17:33:27-08:00
4 12, 2020

Thanks to this community, the impossible seems possible.

2020-12-04T17:05:54-08:00

by Susannah Morgan, CEO If this hard, hard year has proved one thing, it's that the impossible is possible. That our community, through the actions we take, makes the most difficult things seem doable. That we can truly emerge stronger, thanks to the shared effort we've all been engaged in [...]

Thanks to this community, the impossible seems possible.2020-12-04T17:05:54-08:00
23 11, 2020

Our communities face a dark winter. But, together, we can be the light.

2020-11-23T13:21:35-08:00

by Susannah Morgan, CEO Right now, we are looking at a dark winter, indeed. So I am asking you to please be the light. Why is it dark? Because COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing across Oregon and throughout our country, and more than 800 of our neighbors have lost their lives. [...]

Our communities face a dark winter. But, together, we can be the light.2020-11-23T13:21:35-08:00
6 11, 2020

Election Victories and How to Protect our Democracy

2020-11-06T16:17:46-08:00

by Susannah Morgan, CEO This has been an intense week for all of us — certainly one of the most intense in my decades in food banking. Folx, we have a lot to celebrate this week in our shared work to emerge stronger and end hunger for good. Despite the pandemic, [...]

Election Victories and How to Protect our Democracy2020-11-06T16:17:46-08:00
30 09, 2020

Our Work Doesn’t End with Hunger Action Month

2020-09-30T16:37:16-07:00

by Susannah Morgan, CEO Today is the last day of Hunger Action Month! Here we are, at the end of September — the end of Hunger Action Month. What a month it has been… This month, Oregon has been ravaged by wildfires and we’ve seen our community respond together to protect [...]

Our Work Doesn’t End with Hunger Action Month2020-09-30T16:37:16-07:00
21 09, 2020

It’s National Voter Registration Day. Will You Commit to #VoteOutHunger?

2020-09-22T12:23:28-07:00

by Susannah Morgan, CEO September 22nd is National Voter Registration Day. And in a typical year, this day would be a celebration of democracy. But given all that's happening in our communities right now, I don’t feel much like celebrating — and I imagine you don't either. [...]

It’s National Voter Registration Day. Will You Commit to #VoteOutHunger?2020-09-22T12:23:28-07:00