Astoria's Food Bank Fresh program increases healthy options
Fresh produce can be expensive if you live outside of the I-5 corridor, but a new program is helping get healthy food to low-income residents in Clatsop County. Last summer, CCA Regional Food Bank in Astoria piloted Food Bank Fresh, a market-style program to distribute a variety of fresh produce. The food comes from many sources including the garden and orchard surrounding the agency's Warrenton warehouse and donations from local gardeners. Those who stop by are offered recipes along with storage and usage tips.
Each week, the market is set up for two hours at locations in Astoria, Seaside and Warrention. By the end of this year, CCA director Marlin Martin estimates they will have served more than 45,000 people and distributed over 300,000 pounds of fresh produce.
Food Bank Fresh is one innovative way our partners are promoting better nutrition and distributing more food to those in need. This highly efficient program would not be possible without your donation to and support of Oregon Food Bank and the Oregon Food Bank Network.
Summer is a precarious time for hunger relief. Kids are out of school where they may receive free/reduced lunches and lots of donors are on vacation. Oregon Food Bank doesn't take a holiday and we work tireless to help those in need in Oregon and Clark County, Washington all year long.
$10 still allows us to acquire an distribute one emergency food box which feeds a family of four for three to five days. Would you be willing to support our efforts?
Also, if you happen to have a green thumb, consider sharing your harvest with a local food pantry. For more information on this program we call "plant a row" Give-Food/Plant-a-Row-Program
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Every day in Oregon, hundreds of thousands of our neighbors engage in a lonely and all but invisible struggle to afford enough food for themselves and their families. They face choices no one should have to, and they do so with so much strength, resilience and quiet dignity that most people never notice how prevalent hunger is in their neighborhoods.
In Tillamook, we met a man, Mike, who has been told his whole life that he shouldn’t even be alive.
“I’m one of those ghost people. It’s hard when you have disabilities. People always tell me I am a retard, I am no good, I shouldn’t even be alive. And I hear that constantly—my whole life. I’m the type that doesn’t like to get help; I have to do it on my own. The last few years have been really, really tough. I had to break down, put my pride on hold and get help from the food pantry. I’m the type who sits in the back of the room not saying anything. I’m one of those ghost people. I’m grateful for the food banks. If other people need help with food, I help them when I can. I help people who are a little bit worse off than me."
America’s narrative about poverty and hunger is dominated more and more every day by the false belief that people who are struggling are making poor choices or not working hard enough. The purpose of Oregon Food Bank’s annual Voices project is to shine a light on the real causes of hunger by bringing attention to real stories of people we serve. We traveled across the state to speak with food-insecure Oregonians about issues that matter to them.
We sincerely appreciate the honesty and courage of those who shared their experiences with us. These stories move and educate us. No one should be hungry, and so long as hunger still exists, no one should have to face it alone.
On Monday, January 20th, a record-breaking number of volunteers - almost 700 - honored Martin Luther King Jr. with a Day of Service by repacking food and sorting food-drive donations at two Oregon Food Bank facilities. Volunteers processed over 100,000 pounds of food – equivalent to more than 83,000 meals, and as much as the two facilities process in a regular work week. None of this would be possible without your donations.
In answer to Dr. King’s famous call to action – "Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’" – Congress passed this sanctioned Day of Service challenging Americans to transform the King Holiday into a day of citizen action.
"We are grateful for all the volunteers giving their time in the spirit of service embodied by Dr. King. Together we can make significant strides toward eliminating hunger in Oregon," said Sarah Schirmer, Oregon Food Bank Corporate and Foundation Relations Developer.
Each dollar you donate provides OFB the power to source and distribute 3 full meals to people in Oregon and SW Washington who are struggling with the devastating effects of hunger. Thank you for making a huge impact in the fight against hunger.
"Because of your compassion and committment, our community is stronger. Your generosity of giving Oregon Food bank the power to meet the overwhelming demand for food assistance in bold new ways. We thank you for joining our mission to end hunger." Susannah Morgan, CEO- Oregon Food Bank.
For the third year in a row, the Oregon Food Bank Network distributed more than 1 million emergency food boxes in Oregon and Southwest Washington. This staggering figure underscores the fact that hundreds of thousands o ffamilies and individuals throughout our region continue to struggle with hunger. but with the support of our community, donors and partners, we were able to provide food, education nd hope to our neighbors in need. To find out how we did this, please see our annual report.
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