Oregon Food Bank
Emergency Messages as of 1:09 pm, Wed. Sep. 23
No information currently posted.
Subscribe to receive FlashAlert messages from Oregon Food Bank.
Primary email address for a new account:

  
And/or follow our FlashAlerts via Twitter

About FlashAlert on Twitter:

FlashAlert utilizes the free service Twitter to distribute emergency text messages. While you are welcome to register your cell phone text message address directly into the FlashAlert system, we recommend that you simply "follow" the FlashAlert account for Oregon Food Bank by clicking on the link below and logging in to (or creating) your free Twitter account. Twitter sends messages out exceptionally fast thanks to arrangements they have made with the cell phone companies.

Click here to add Oregon Food Bank to your Twitter account or create one.

@oregonfoodbank

Hide this Message


Manage my existing Subscription

News Releases
Disaster Response: Oregon Food Bank Shares Resources and Information in Wake of Ongoing Wildfires - 09/15/20

New resource now available at oregonfoodbank.org/wildfire-response.

Fast-moving fires have forced thousands of Oregonians to leave their homes and businesses behind in search of safety, with a growing number learning there is nothing to return to.  With 21 regional food banks and more than 1,400 pantries and meal sites throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington, the Oregon Food Bank Network serves as a pillar of disaster response efforts in the Pacific Northwest. Our partner agencies are on the front lines, providing emergency support to affected communities — including water, food and other critical supplies. 

For communities affected by wildfires and for those hoping to help in disaster response efforts,Oregon Food Bank has compiled resources and information at oregonfoodbank.org/wildfire-response.

FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE

Know that food and water remains available to those who need it. Though several Oregon Food Bank Network partners have been impacted by wildfires in various parts of Oregon, the vast majority of our 1,400 pantries and meal sites remain open during this ongoing crisis. Many offer contactless pick-up or delivery options for high-risk individuals or those without transit options.

Find local food distribution sites at OregonFoodFinder.org. Contact local agencies for the most up-to-date distribution information. 

INFORMATION FOR SUPPORTERS WHO WANT TO HELP

Food insecurity in Oregon has doubled since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic — and local wildfires are creating an even greater need for emergency food assistance. Donations help local families, farmers, ranchers and first responders in affected communities throughout the region. There are two primary ways to support hunger relief efforts at this time:

  • For individual supporters: The logistics of sorting and processing smaller quantities of consumer-donated supplies are prohibitive at times when an immediate response is needed. The most effective way to have an impact is through financial support of efforts to distribute emergency food, water and supplies. Interested volunteers can find local pantries and meal sites that may be in need of support at OregonFoodFinder.org.

  • For farmers, manufacturers and other food industry partners: Bulk water and non-perishables are needed in affected communities — especially shelf-stable, culturally versatile items like rice, beans, canned vegetable/fruits, canned meats, etc. Industry partners can submit bulk donation information online or call (971) 230-1674 for additional details.

“Our communities already faced a hundred-year flood of hunger from the pandemic, and ongoing wildfires are making things even worse for thousands of our neighbors,” said Susannah Morgan, Oregon Food Bank CEO. “Yet our hearts are beyond full as communities come together to respond to this disaster. And through continued generosity and strong partnerships, I’m confident that we’ll have the resources needed to emerge stronger together.”

###

About Oregon Food Bank 

At Oregon Food Bank, we believe that food and health are basic human rights for all. We know that hunger is not just an individual experience; it is also a community-wide symptom of barriers to employment, education, housing and health care. That’s why we work on two fronts in our mission to end hunger in Oregon: we build community connections to help people access nutritious, affordable food today; and we build community power to eliminate the root causes of hunger for good. For more information, visit oregonfoodbank.org

Take Action - Vote Out Hunger
Take Action - Vote Out Hunger
Sept. 10: Oregon Food Bank Marks 'National Hunger Action Day' with Call to #VoteOutHunger (Photo) - 09/08/20

With food insecurity worsening in COVID-19’s wake, region’s leading anti-hunger organization urges community members to get involved.

September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide effort to mobilize friends and neighbors to volunteer, donate and make their voices heard in the fight to end hunger. In the midst of rising food insecurity and economic uncertainty — and one of the most consequential elections of our time — Oregon Food Bank is asking supporters to pledge to #VoteOutHunger, beginning on National Hunger Action Day (Thursday, September 10).

“This public health and economic crisis serves as a constant reminder that policy decisions matter. Program investments matter. The priorities of our elected leaders matter,” said Susannah Morgan, Oregon Food Bank CEO. “With so many Oregonians facing income loss in COVID’s wake, we know emergency food assistance alone isn’t enough to solve the deep-rooted challenges we face. That’s why we’re calling on supporters to ‘Vote Out Hunger’ this fall and help address the policies and systems that drive hunger.”

Food insecurity has doubled in Oregon since the beginning of the pandemic, as more than 400,000 Oregon workers filed for unemployment. The Census Bureau's most recent Household Pulse Survey shows 1 in 10 Oregonians report not having enough to eat at some point in the past week — with Asian, Black and Latinx households hit three-to-four times as hard. Across Oregon Food Bank’s network of 1,400+ pantries and meal sites, this impact has played out with a dramatic increase in demand for emergency food assistance. Several agencies now serve as many community members in a single month as they would usually see in a year.

“Hunger’s reach has widened greatly, affecting tens of thousands of families for the first time. But it’s also deepened in communities that have faced disproportionate hunger and poverty for generations,” said Morgan. “Hunger Action Month is a time for each of us to do what we can to meet this crisis head-on — donate, volunteer, make your voice heard at the ballot box.”

Throughout Hunger Action Month and into the fall, Oregon Food Bank will shine a light on the policies and systems that perpetuate hunger. The cross-platform campaign will engage community members in opportunities to affect change on key issues that appear on the fall ballot and beyond — from systemic racism to inequities in healthcare, housing and education.

“We will end hunger when all of us have the resources to meet our essential needs and no longer face the barriers of systemic discrimination,” said Morgan. “There are so many ways to get involved in our drive toward resilient, hunger-free communities, and I hope everyone will take the first step by pledging to ‘Vote Out Hunger’ today.”

Visit oregonfoodbank.org/voteouthunger for more information and ways to get involved on Hunger Action Day and beyond.

About Oregon Food Bank
At Oregon Food Bank, we believe that food and health are basic human rights for all. We know that hunger is not just an individual experience; it is also a community-wide symptom of barriers to employment, education, housing and health care. That’s why we work on two fronts in our mission to end hunger in Oregon: we build community connections to help people access nutritious, affordable food today, and we build community power to eliminate the root causes of hunger for good. Join us online at oregonfoodbank.org and @oregonfoodbank on social media.