Despite reports that the economic contraction is easing, partner agencies are serving as many clients now as they did when the need rose two years ago. In Oregon, the jobless rate last month was 10.6 percent. Washington state saw 9.5 percent. The picture in Clark County, a county the Oregon Food Bank Network serves, the picture was much worse. The unadjusted jobless rate from February 2009- March 2010 was 12.3 percent. Across the Columbia River in Multnomah County, the rate was 10.3.
Partner Agencies, those serving the people in need, are grateful to donors like you, who help ease the strain of the increased need for emergency food. Andrea Walker, chairman and executive director of One Life, an Oregon Food Bank partner agency, says the pantry has enough food to serve its clients, but the need for food assistance in the area remains great. And Timothy Norris, assistant shelter coordinator for City Team Ministries, says that whether clients "come from the street or nearby housing, the number of people seeking help is up." But, he says, the agency is doing well and has survived the economic downturn, thanks to the community and food grants from OFB." Food Grants are made possible through donations on this site. Thank you!
"We anticipate that people in our service area will feel the effects of this recession for the next several years," said Rachel Bristol, OFB CEO. "It takes time for people to get back on their feet once they've lost their jobs, their health care and their homes. We need your continued support."
Thank you for supporting the community through food purchase. Oregon Food Bank could not do what we do without your support.
Oregon Food Bank will be moving into our new facility by June 25,2010. To date, $6.5 million has been raised in this $8.5M capital campaign effort. Thank you for your donations, every dollar helps our effort to eliminate hunger and its root causes...
The volunteer department is very excited to host volunteers in Washington County once again. Volunteer shifts will be back up and running in the Fall of 2010. The new Perishable Repack Room and Volunteer Action Center will be fantastic spaces for more volunteers to pack more food. This is very exciting since economic indicators show that the need will continue to rise in Washington County.
Thank you and for those in Oregon, see you at 1870 NW 173rd Ave. Beaverton, OR 97006.
The summer months are a trying time for families whose children receive meals at school. There are several summertime programs that offer lunches but they may be difficult for families to get to so they turn to the Oregon Food Bank to supplement their cupboards.
The community is aware of the increased need and are responding with generous donations of high protein items as well as the bounty from their gardens. Local farmers help the community by providing some of their harvest to Oregon Food Bank. Many people are holding independent food drives in conjunction with their summertime celebrations to help feed their neighbors. Demand for emergency food is in line with the economic indicators but together we can make a difference because no one should be hungry.
Thank you for your support!