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:

FOOD DISTRIBUTION
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.

COMMUNITY NEED IS INCREASING
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.

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