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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
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
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
1 10, 2020

Farmers-to-Families Food Box Program Update

2020-10-20T11:25:27-07:00

As media outlets have reported, Oregon Food Bank declined to participate in the final phase of the Farmers-to-Families Food Box Program (FFFBP) following new requirements and changes imposed by the Trump Administration that made the program unworkable. Find Emergency Food Assistance A series of recent conversations with local distribution partners has [...]

Farmers-to-Families Food Box Program Update2020-10-20T11:25:27-07:00
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