Nov 20, 2020

Interim Report#2 Oregon Food Bank COVID Response

Oregon Food Bank's network of 21 regional food banks and over 1,400 hunger relief programs is working together across Oregon and Southwest Washington to meet the evolving needs of our communities. This regional service delivery model brings together network partners to collaborate around community engagement, to share resources, and to advocate for a food system that effectively and equitably meets the needs of our neighborhoods.

We are deploying new technology to more effectively engage in statewide logistical planning to keep the hunger-relief system running day in and day out. And we are investing in the staff and infrastructure capacity of local organizations to provide culturally-responsive assistance in local communities. Alongside food assistance and advocacy partners across our region, Oregon Food Bank is working on creative and systemic solutions to hunger. Our collaborations and investments keep the local food system strong and address the real change needed to end hunger for good.

By working together, we can emerge stronger and build communities where:

• All of our essential needs are met. We will ensure access to food, healthcare, housing and economic security so that every person can thrive, regardless of where they live. During our last fiscal year, Oregon Food Bank provided 57.7 meals to community members, and 31% of this food was produce. More than 12 million impressions on our Food Finder tool helped our neighbors to find where they could access food in 11 languges .

• Neighborhoods are resilient and free from the drivers of poverty. We will develop community-centered solutions – from food systems to economic development – that sustain our people and our planet. We've invested more than $1MM in BIPCO-led and movement building partners to strengthen the communities hit hardest by the pandemic and by hunger. 

• People come together because of what unites us. We will build inclusive spaces to create solutions based on the values we all share. Thank you to the 48,585 supporters who invested in our work!!

Amplifying community voices and growing grassroots power are core parts of our mission to end hunger and its root causes. And it’s especially important now, as we look to one another for support, that we see the incredible collective power that is being built within our communities.


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Jul 29, 2020

Interim Report on Oregon Food Bank COVID Response

Fueled by our community’s generosity and moral leadership, Oregon Food Bank has deployed millions of dollars of public and private resources, including donations made by donors like you. Investments in our strategic priorities, and specific examples, showcase how we actualized our emergency response plan in the first phase of the public health crisis. Please see the attached report.

In addition to the 866,000 people who access our services annually, OFB is seeing an approximate 70% increase in reliance on food assistance systems across our region due to the coronavirus (July 2020). This means an additional 540,000 of our neighbors turning to local food pantries, many for the first time. We are adjusting our food distribution systems and redirecting resources to keep the flow of food steady in an evolving and complex environment. We are also pivoting toward solutions for reliable, community-based food access points that maintain the health and safety of our community amid a public health crisis.

Here's an example of one type of food pantry change we have made with your assistance. In March 2020, Oregon Food Bank expanded the once-per-month food distribution at Virginia Garcia Cornelius Wellness Center to a once-a-week distribution. This has meant more community members accessing food. A coordinator there reports what the fresh food and pantry staples mean to our neighbors: “There was a great variety of food and I could not stop feeling the joy for the community that was going to receive the produce! Thank you so much for this service during this time full of uncertainty and concerns. Folks were happy taking their bags packed with fresh produce, grains, juice, milks, soups.”

We are grateful for your partnership in the fight against hunger in Oregon and Clark County, Washington!


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Jan 16, 2019

Rural neighbors band together for food

Rufus Baptist Church hosts the new pantry
Rufus Baptist Church hosts the new pantry

New food assistance programs are seeded in the Columbia River Gorge 

About 300 people officially call Rufus, Oregon home. Located at the base of the John Day Dam in the Columbia River Gorge, jobs are scarce in Rufus, and the closest full service grocery store is 27 miles away. 

"For years there was only one food pantry in all of Sherman County, and it was only open one day a month," says Sharon Thornberry, rural communities liaison for Oregon Food Bank. "When I approached the Rufus city council with a plan for a pantry, they immediately embraced the idea and ran with it." Like us, the community believes that hunger doesn't belong in rural Oregon either. 

But the pantry almost didn't open on time. Destructive wildfires that spread through Wasco and Sherman counties forced many to temporarily evacuate, and parts of the town lost power. 

The new pantry is now open two days a month and offers fresh produce and pantry staples such as rice, cooking oil and canned tomatoes. "The community just loves it. They get here early to visit," says Carol, who is also one of the pantry's coordinators. "My goal is to make sure people have a little extra. I know what it's like to live on a limited income." 

Your support helps more people access fresh, nutritious food in their community. Learn more at oregonfoodbank.org/programs. 

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