Increase Food Security in Oregon

by Oregon Food Bank, Inc.
Apr 3, 2012


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.

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Oregon Food Bank, Inc.

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Lauren Zielinski
Portland, OR United States
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