Oregon Food Bank, Inc.

To eliminate hunger and its root causes because no one should be hungry.
Mar 11, 2015

Meet Felicia

Felicia
Felicia

Greetings,

As neighbors and members of the same communities, we share many of the same hopes and fears and we all want what’s best for our families. One of the fundamental differences between us is that some of us know where our next meal is coming from and some do not. One in six Oregonians face food insecurity. They struggle silently and make heart-wrenching decisions that nobody should have to make. The need for food is essential and immediate. Without the basic security of knowing when you will eat next it is difficult to focus on anything else. The daily fight to survive can consume your life.

Meet Felicia. 

Felicia lives in Coos Bay Oregon and is grateful for your generosity.

"I've really noticed the difference in my skin and body since I got poor.  It seems like such a contradiction, but I gained weigh being homeless.  I don't even look like me anymore.  I've always been a person who was really conscious and careful about what I put in my body.  I know what I'm eating now is not good food, but my alternative is to eat nothing.

I lost my job and it only takes about three months for everything to go crazy.  All of a sudden you're struggling.  I was a web developer and I worked for a company that just up and moved to Tennessee.  They said, "If you guys want to move to Tennessee, then make your way there and we'll give you an interview."  Not even a job, just an interview.  How were we going to make our way to Tennessee?

I’m starting all over.  I went from a nice salary to a minimum wage job at a call center.  I'm grateful, because there are people who don't have that, but at the same time my health issues are increasing because I have no money."

Felicia participated in Oregon Food Bank's Voices Project.  It takes courage to stand up and tell your story so that others might better understand what it means to live with food insecurity.  We want to thank the women and men who decided to share their thoughts and experiences with us.  Their stories provide us with valuable insight and help us better accomplish our mission to eliminate hunger and its root causes ... because no one should be hungry.

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Dec 23, 2014

Hunger doesn't take a holiday

Food recipient
Food recipient

Greetings,

Hunger relief is a year-round effort and we thank you for your continued support.  During the holidays our hearts are filled due to the outpouring of community support through food and financial donations as well as volunteerism.

We could not do what we do without the incredible community investment.  Last year, volunteers donated over 160,000 hours at Oregon Food Bank!  Volunteer efforts assisted us in delivering over 36 million meals throughout Oregon and Clark County, Wash.  Nearly a quarter of the food being delivered is purchased through donations made by donors like you.  $10 allows us to acquire and distribute one food box which typically feeds a family of four for three to five days.

 

Why do we do this?  We do it for people like Tim.

 

I’ve been an auto diesel mechanic for 30 years, but I do everything—carpentry, tractors, cattle, farm work—anything I can find. I work on a cattle ranch every spring, and last year we branded over 300 head of cattle. In Burns, we all do hard jobs like building fences and digging ditches, but that ditch-digging job isn’t there anymore.
I skip meals every day because my SNAP benefits don't last through the month.  One hundred dollars is gone in no time.  The food bank helps me get through.
 
I was staying with my mother when she died. That was a rough time. I had no food, no money, no nothing. I inherited the house but had to pay the  back taxes to keep it, so my only choice was to live for almost four years without electricity or water. I did it to save the house. Otherwise I would have been homeless. I’m out of that situation now and at least now I’ve got power and water.
Summer’s not too bad because there’s ranch work, but in the winter there’s not much here. I take every odd job I can find. Winter’s coming on right now and I might have a choice between water or lights. Hopefully work comes up and I won’t have to make that decision this year.
 
Thank you for joining our efforts to eliminate hunger and its root causes.
Dec 23, 2014

Together we can alleviate hunger

April
April

Greetings,

Thank you for your support and dedication to hunger relief.  During the holidays Oregon Food Bank is abuzz with activity.  Volunteers packing, inventory specialists picking orders for partner agencies and everyone thanking the community for the year-round support.

We could not do what we do without donors like you.  $10 allows us to acquire and distribute a food box.  One food box feeds a family of four for three to five days. 

Our intention is to acquire and distribute more produce; improving the nutritional content of an emergency food box.  Our efforts are paying off and statewide we are seeing an uptick of healthy choices being offered throughout the Network.

Let me share April's story, just one individual of the over 900,000 people we serve in Oregon and Clark County, Wash.

Many people are struggling from payday to payday, turning to resources such as SNAP and food banks to get by.

I haven’t been to a food pantry before this. I put myself through college. I’ve had two jobs and worked 50 hours a week on many occasions. But the school I worked for restructured, so right now I’m unemployed. I can’t even find a minimum wage job. My budget has been cut in half and the cost of food has gone up, so that’s what brought us to the food pantry.
 
I think cutting funding to SNAP is the worst thing we could do. My son and I get $100 a month for food from SNAP. A healthy nation is one with healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy economy. Cutting people’s access to nutrition forces people to eat less nutritious food and increases health problems in the long run. And our children’s growing brains need those nutrients.

Thank you for caring and sharing.

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