Imagine that your family loses part or all of its income and suddenly you find that you can’t pay all of your bills in full. You change your lifestyle, use your savings, sell your assets and use your dwindling credit to make ends meet. You face choices no one should ever have to make because of your limited budget. You choose toilet paper over laundry soap, electricity over food, and life-saving medication for a family member over essential, preventative medical care for yourself. Sometimes you skip meals so your children have enough to eat.
Too many of our neighbors face choices like these every day. The goal of Oregon Food Bank’s annual Voices project is to bring attention to some of their stories. In October and November of 2010, more than 50 people attended our focus groups in Albany, Beaverton, Cottage Grove, Glide and Portland.
“I got laid off at the beginning of this year after I was one of their best employees for six years. I’ve put out hundreds of resumes and gotten some interviews, but I haven’t been hired yet. I raise a little girl and it’s been hard. We got to the point where we were eating one meal a day. My friend told me about this food pantry and it has really helped. Nowwe’re at two or three meals a day.”Wesley. Portland, OR.
With your support, people like Welsey and his daughter are being helped by the Oregon Food Bank Network. Thank you for your continued support ...because no one should be hungry.
Thanks to generous community support, we are able to Fight hunger. Feed hope.
Oregon Food Bank recently completed an $8.3 million capital campaign to create OFB West, a permanent food bank facility dedicated to fighting hunger in Washington County and across Oregon. "We are deeply grateful for the foresight of OFB's board of directors, the leadership of the OFB West capital campaign cabinet and the generosity of our donors and the community for making Oregon Food Bank West a reality," said Rachel Bristol, CEO, Oregon Food Bank.
Thank you for your generous support. The OFB West capital campaign is complete!
Our fundraising for OFB West is nearing its end. Thank you all for your generous donations.
The Kresge Foundation has awarded Oregon Food Bank an $800,000 challenge grant for OFB West. We need your help to earn the full grant amount. So far, we've raised $1.1 million of the $1.4 million we need to earn the award. Help us raise the last $300,000!
We will be celebrating sometime soon.
Thank you all so very much.