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23 07, 2021

Honoring Culture and Identity through Relevant, Versatile Food

2021-07-26T11:07:24-07:00

Oregon Food Bank’s commitment to equity and racial justice drives our work in partnership with communities that are too often overlooked, systemically disadvantaged and disproportionately affected by hunger. We fully recognize that food banking has historically focused exclusively on providing people food today, without sufficient attention to addressing the underlying challenges that drive [...]

Honoring Culture and Identity through Relevant, Versatile Food2021-07-26T11:07:24-07:00
1 04, 2021

American Rescue Plan brings significant relief to our communities

2021-04-01T13:57:01-07:00

On March 11, President Biden signed into law the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, following passage in the U.S. House and Senate. This landmark legislation brings significant relief to communities suffering effects of the ongoing pandemic, including an historic down payment on reducing child poverty. What is in [...]

American Rescue Plan brings significant relief to our communities2021-04-01T13:57:01-07:00
8 01, 2021

Resolving to Defend Inclusive Democracy in 2021

2021-06-20T10:06:15-07:00

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 20212021-06-20T10:06:15-07:00
22 12, 2020

Grassroots action prompts state and federal action on COVID-19 relief — Thank You!

2020-12-22T18:06:35-08:00

After months of delays, leaders in the U.S. Senate returned to work out a compromise with the House of Representatives on long-overdue COVID stimulus. The final package provides more than $900 million in relief to people and communities who have been hard hit by the pandemic — including direct relief checks, small business support, [...]

Grassroots action prompts state and federal action on COVID-19 relief — Thank You!2020-12-22T18:06:35-08:00
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
18 11, 2020

Lawmakers must act to prevent mass displacement and homelessness

2020-11-23T01:22:18-08:00

by Susannah Morgan, chief executive officer of Oregon Food Bank; Jan Musgrove Elfers, president of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon; and Sybil Hebb, director of legislative advocacy at the Oregon Law Center. This column appeared in the Oregonian November 18, 2020. This pandemic has taught many of us how important our homes are. They [...]

Lawmakers must act to prevent mass displacement and homelessness2020-11-23T01:22:18-08:00