A line of people stretched through the Park Blocks in the middle of the Portland State University campus. Passers-by might have thought they were signing up for classes or waiting to buy concert tickets. But the people in this line were waiting for free fruits and vegetables provided by Harvest Share, an Oregon Food Bank program.
Portland college students going hungry? It shouldn't have to be that way.
Believe it or not, hunger is a constant for many students who are facing the cost of rising tuition and housing. But thanks to your support, Oregon Food Bank was able to connect with PSU’s Committee for Improving Student Food Security, and now we're improving these students’ access to nutritious food.
Your contributions to Oregon Food Bank are what make programs like this possible. Every dollar you donate to Oregon Food Bank stays in Oregon and Clark County, WA, and goes to help people like these students who are facing hunger.
Wonderful things happen when we all pitch in as a community. Thank you so much for your donations, and for helping to nourish the bodies and minds of tomorrow's leaders!
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.
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."