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Celebrating Bloom: An Oregon Food Bank Gala Recap

A Heartfelt Thank You

Oregon Food Bank extends our deepest gratitude to everyone who participated in our 2024 gala, Bloom. Whether you joined us in person or tuned in online, your presence and support made this event a tremendous success!

Raising $425,000 Together

Thanks to your collective action and generosity, we raised an outstanding $425,000! This remarkable contribution is crucial to achieving our mission: ending hunger and its root causes. Every dollar will support distributing culturally appropriate food, building equitable food systems, and working with communities as we overcome systemic barriers to food access.

Inspiring Speakers

We are so grateful for our esteemed speakers — Andrea Williams (She/Her), Susannah Morgan (She/Her), Nathan Harris (They/Them), Jeff Prelle (He/Him), Maxi Hernandez (She/Her) and Aldo Solano Mendez (He/Him). Their insightful contributions added depth and inspiration. If you missed their highlights, catch up on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn or watch the full production at the link here.

Continued Support and Action

Our work doesn’t stop with Bloom. We invite you to support the movement to end hunger by taking meaningful action. Whether that is completing the Food For All Oregonians (FFAO) Supporter Pledge, learning from immigrant and refugee communities, or exploring other ways to get involved. Your ongoing commitment is crucial!

Get Involved Today

Appreciation to Sponsors and Partners

Thank you to the sponsors and partners whose support made Bloom a night of community and compassion.

  • Presenting Sponsor: First Tech Federal Credit Union
    • Your invaluable partnership in our mission to create a hunger-free Oregon is deeply appreciated

  • Partner: Feed’em Freedom Foundation
    • Your support for emerging Black farmers and culturally specific ancestral foods makes a profound impact. Thank you for all that you do!

  • Sponsor: Community Pulse Association
    • Your dedication to providing culturally responsive care and ensuring food access for vulnerable communities is commendable. We can’t thank you enough.

  • Bloom Video Featured Partner: Maxi Hernandez of Mr. Farms
    • Your commitment to serving fresh, culturally specific food to Latine communities is inspiring. Gracias por siempre.

Philanthropy as Love in Action

At our event, Nathan Harris spoke about philanthropy as love in action for the greater good. They emphasized the urgent need for collective action to address the harm of settler colonization and disproportionate hunger rates among Indigenous communities. We invite you to donate to Advance Native Political Leadership (ANPL) to support Native leadership and political power building.

Donate To ANPL

A Lasting Impact

Once again, thank you for your generosity and dedication! Together, we are creating a ripple effect that will make a lasting impact on our communities. Your continued support is invaluable as we work towards a brighter, more equitable future free from hunger. From the bottom of our hearts here at Oregon Food Bank… Thank you.

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