Food Bank

Hunger makes everything seems more challenging. Children can’t focus on schoolwork. Parents can’t focus on finding a job or succeeding at work, and caring for family seems difficult when the basics like food can’t be provided. For those times when circumstances – like medical expenses or layoffs – leave little for groceries, we’re here with the needed nutritious food and resources to get individuals and families back on their feet.

Food Bank programs include:

We provide food, organizational and technical support to a countywide network of Partner Food Agencies of emergency food box pantries, soup kitchens, group meal sites and a gleaner group. There are 25 partner agencies total: 13 pantries, two soup kitchens, nine group meal sits and one gleaner group. We work hard to ensure that boxes/meals are healthy and have a variety of good food groups including fresh fruits and vegetables, protein, cereals and grains.

Available food depends on what has been donated. Food donations come from:

  • Weekly deliveries from the Oregon Food Bank, the United States Department of Agriculture and other federal food plus donations
  • Local grocery stores like Fred Meyer, Albertson’s, Walmart and Roth’s IGA
  • Farmers Markets
  • Local food drives
  • Special donations
  • Local farmer overstock
  • Local food businesses

All Food Bank funding comes from community donations, Oregon Food Bank, United Way and grants.

Number of Households served by food pantries
2009 (Jan-Mar): 5,094
2010 (Jan-Mar): 5,860
% increase: 15

Number of individuals served by food pantries
2009 (Jan-Mar): 17,020
2010 (Jan-Mar): 21,042
% increase: 23

Number of meals served at soup kitchens
2009 (Jan-Mar): 7,742
2010 (Jan-Mar): 10,116
% increase: 30

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call 800.795.9272 or 202.720.6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.