We surpassed the funding goal, to date!
Thank you for supporting the Increase Food Security project. We have been able to purchase and distribute hundreds of thousands of pounds of food through your generous donations and company match efforts. According to our donation page we met and exceeded our fundraising project goal in December 2011! While this is great news, the need for emergency food continues to grow and there are so many loyal supporters that we didn't want this project to close and miss out on the relationship we are building.
Oregon Food Bank established our partnership with GlobalGiving in 2008 and launched this project in early 2009. We had no idea what type of interest the project would attract so our goal was somewhat nebulous. As momentum increased, we increased our goal…. A lot. We can hardly believe it but we were able to surpass the lofty $75,000 goal by December 2011. Again, Thank you! Rather than closing the project and making a note that it is fully funded, we are raising our goal and keeping the project, which is the core of our mission, alive and on your radar.
Our project goal for 2012 is to secure an additional $50,000.00 to increase food security in Oregon. Through our diverse network on GlobalGiving, we are confident we can achieve this lofty goal.
Thank you for all your support and interest in Oregon Food Bank.
Thank you for supporting Oregon Food Bank. The annual voices project has been published and I wanted to share it with you.
The real faces of food insecurity in Oregon are hundreds of thousands of our neighbors who struggle invisibly every day. In Tillamook, a mother only pretends to eat at dinnertime and tells her daughter that the big meals she sees on TV are make-believe. In La Pine, an unemployed construction superintendent attends a suicide intervention training for volunteers at the community kitchen and pantry. A veteran from Ontario says a mayonnaise sandwich tastes pretty good if you’re hungry.Stories like these show the toll that hunger takes on the 260,000 households that receive emergency food boxes from partner agencies throughout the Oregon Food Bank Network every month. The goal of Oregon Food Bank’s annual Voices project is to bring attention to the stories of individuals who receive emergency food. In October of 2011, 49 people attended Voices focus groups in Florence, La Pine, Portland, Roseburg, Shady Cove, Silverton and Tillamook. Seven people also shared their stories with us through video interviews in Ontario.We sincerely appreciate the honesty and courage of those who shared their experiences with us. Stories about their lives provide valuable insight and help us better accomplish our mission to eliminate hunger and its root causes … because no one should be hungry.
To learn more go to http://www.oregonfoodbank.org/About-Us/Voices
Need and distribution of emergency food continues at an elevated level but thanks to generous people like you the Oregon Food Bank Network continues to help those in need in Oregon and Clark County, Wash.
Every year our advocacy department examines the root causes of hunger, speaking with individuals faced with food insecurity. Through OFB's root cause work, specifically, the Hunger Factors Assessment (HFA), we know that approximately 33% of those receiving emergency food are children.
Here is just one report provided by our Voices project.
"I have a hard time trying to explain to my daughter why people on TV have big fancy meals. I tell her TV meals are make-believe, 'Those aren't real children, those aren't real people, that not real Thanksgiving dinner... it's all fake and plastic.' I feel bad because I can't give her what all the other kids have. So I just don't eat, because I don't ever want her to fell like she's hungry or starving."
Every day, I feel guilty if I eat three bites of food in the whole day because I feel like I'm taking food away from my daughter. If I eat and then I can't feed her tomorrow, I'm taking food away from my child. It's more important that she eats. She's my baby. She knows that if there's any food in the house, she can have it right away.
But now when she sees that mommy isn't eating, she mimics me. I'll take a small bite and I'll chew on it for 10 minutes, and she only takes the three bites that I'm taking. And that's real hard. She says, 'Momma, we have to save the food; and I tell her, 'No, we've got plenty of food. Just eat your plate.' She says, 'Mommy, you've got to eat; and I lie and say, 'I am eating.'
Randie, Tillamook, Oregon.
30 percent of households with children that receive food from a partner agency in the Oregon Food Bank Network report cutting or reducing the size of a child's meal. Of those, 37 percent do this almost every month.
This is the harsh reality of food insecuirty in Oregon. Through your support we can continue to keep a steady supply of nutritious emergency food and help to alleviate the burden for people like Randie.
Thank you for your continued interest and support.