January 24, 2019 – MLK Day of Service has transformed the King Holiday into a day of citizen action. To honor Dr. King, Oregon Food Bank once again opened its doors for volunteers to take action against poverty and help our neighbors who experience hunger.

For the 8th year, Bank of America was our presenting sponsor of MLK Day of Service at Oregon Food Bank. A strong long-time partner, Bank of America not only presented a $20,000 grant on MLK Day, they also fill volunteer shifts monthly at our Portland and Beaverton locations, and support our work through their 2:1 match and Give a Meal Program.

On MLK Day, 525 volunteers from Bank of America, Pacific Power (supporting sponsor), and other local companies such as Oregon Health Authority, Nike, Opsis Architecture, Act-On Software – along with individuals and families – processed and repacked thousands of pounds of food to help 1 in 8 neighbors who experience hunger and poverty in our community.

“If a man doesn’t have a job or an income, he has neither life nor liberty nor the possibility for the pursuit of happiness,” said Reverend King in his last sermon. “He merely exists.” READ MORE.

“Like Dr. King, Oregon Food Bank envisions a community where each person can participate, prosper and have access to nutritious food,” said Susannah Morgan, Oregon Food Bank CEO. “We recognize that systemic injustices exist – such as racism, classism, and sexism – and that these create and perpetuate conditions that sustain poverty and hunger. With the support of the community, we work to ensure that everyone who is hungry today has food today. At the same time, we are working to change conditions and policies so that hunger no longer exists.”

Oregon Food Bank’s mission is to eliminate hunger and its root causes. We believe that no one should be hungry. We believe that with the support of the community, we can solve hunger together. Thank you to everyone who gave their time to advance this mission on MLK Day of Service.