November 23, 2011
A roundup of OFB's holiday season news coverage.
November 7, 2011
New census estimates show the number of Americans living in poverty is higher than previously known — reaching a new level of 49.1 million, or 16 percent.
October 21, 2011
More than 400 guests donned blue jeans and bling for “Home Grown,” the annual gala to raise funds to support Oregon Food Bank’s mission: to eliminate hunger and its root causes. (All photos by Sarah Galbraith Photography.) Oregon Food Bank transformed its warehouse in northeast Portland into a lively farmer’s market, complete with food carts (Tastebud, Oregon Ice Works, New Seasons Market and Provvista), the Burnside Bridge, and an orchard. The event raised $536,000.
October 13, 2011
A FEAST is a community organizing event that provides an opportunity for participants to engage in an informed and facilitated discussion about Food, Education and Agriculture in their community and begin to work toward Solutions Together that will help build a healthier, more equitable and resilient local food system.
September 30, 2011
Battered sedans pull up at a downtown food pantry in this central Oregon town, bringing mothers, fathers and children.
The families stream inside. Soon they emerge carrying cardboard boxes full of cereal, canned beans, fresh fruit and day-old bread. Each month, volunteers at the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Crook County food pantry send an average of 373 boxes out the door.
September 29, 2011
Celebrate the grand opening of a new building for Oregon Food Bank – Tillamook County Services Saturday at 1760 Wilson River Loop in Tillamook. The dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. with guest speakers state Sen. Betsy Johnson, Tillamook County Commissioner Mark Labhart, Rachel Bristol, CEO of the Oregon Food Bank and Imie Camelli, president of the North County Food Pantry. The facility will be open for tours and refreshments from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
September 20, 2011
The summer was really hard.
"They'd come in, and they hadn't had lunch or breakfast," explains Lisabeth Marz-Iello, who oversees Boys and Girls Clubs in the metropolitan area. Without looking at the newspapers, you could tell it was a tough time; Portland families are scrambling to keep a roof over their heads, and "food is sometimes second or third on the list."
September 3, 2011
Shirley McClung is 80 now, and her three children have made her stop driving -- she gave her truck to her grandson -- so when she goes out raising money for the program, someone has to take her. But for the last three years, as she's gone from store to store for her Gracepointe Church's Backpack Buddies program in Milwaukie, that hasn't stopped her.
She's asked lots of people and businesses to help the program, which provides food for the backpacks of schoolchildren who might otherwise have a bare-bones weekend. Although she really wasn't supposed to, she's even gone into bars, where she reports being met with not just checks but hugs. McClung has been, says Gracepointe's coordinator for the program Bonnie Marston, "very successful" at her fundraising efforts.
August 24, 2011
Rich farmland and productive ranches abound in Klamath and Lake counties, and yet many people here go hungry.
One in five Klamath County residents is considered to be "food insecure" - meaning they have "limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods," according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
August 23, 2011
South Coast Food Share is richer by a lot of tuna after Saturday's visit from the fifth annual Oregon Tuna Classic.
Fourteen teams, including several local ones, turned in 1,314 pounds of tuna to be donated to South Coast Food Share.