Oregon Food Bank COVID-19 Response

by Oregon Food Bank, Inc.
Oregon Food Bank COVID-19 Response
Oregon Food Bank COVID-19 Response
Oregon Food Bank COVID-19 Response
Oregon Food Bank COVID-19 Response
OFB delivering food at a Free Food Market
OFB delivering food at a Free Food Market

Your support helped position Oregon Food Bank (OFB) to effectively address the spate of challenges our communities faced over the past year: COVID-19, economic devastation, racial injustice, wildfires, and a protracted spike in food insecurity. Before the pandemic, the Oregon Food Bank Network was serving an estimated 860,000 people annually. Since then we’ve witnessed a significant rising need.

Thanks to your support, we have not faltered. We have been delivering healthy, fresh, culturally-relevant food to communities impacted by COVID-19 – including through pop-up farmers market style food distributions, food support for migrant populations, purchase of culturally-specific foods, and direct-to-door deliveries for households at heightened risk of illness from COVID-19.

We have ensured that our food distribution system met social distancing and safe health practices at all levels. We have also redeployed our operations infrastructure to increase direct-to-agency food deliveries; redirecting resources provides food assistance with fewer people and less complexity in our food flow. Finally, while holding people experiencing food insecurity at the center, we pivoted toward solutions for reliable, community-based food access points that maintain the health of our community.

Our stories can best express the difference your support has made to so many. One employee (who started as a service recipient, and then became a volunteer) at an Oregon Food Bank food distribution partner stated that since the pandemic started, “Many people lost their jobs and we’ve seen that now instead of just a mother coming to pick up the food it’s the whole family...I think it’s important to have school pantries because that’s where our children are and we can distribute information about food banks...and there is also a big Latino community that sometimes doesn’t know where to access help...I think we should be united in everything. Our entire community should be more united."

Thank you so much for your investment in our communities!


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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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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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Oregon Food Bank, Inc.

Location: Portland, OR - USA
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Twitter: @oregonfoodbank
Project Leader:
Jenni Green
Portland, OR United States
$23,630 raised of $99,000 goal
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