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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you for caring and sharing.