Posts Categorized: Emergency Food Pantries

People really do care

Before Steve found the Mid Lane Love Project food pantry in Veneta, he was living with his dog in a pump house on an abandoned piece of property two miles out of town. A friend dropped him off there and never came back.  “Between the drinking and the drugs I wasn’t even surviving. I was… Read more »

Scheduled SNAP changes worry local food banks

EUGENE, Ore. — The Trump Administration is making changes to work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP), which provides food stamps nationwide. The administration announced the changes on Wednesday, saying they are trying to restore the original intent of food stamps. Experts said this proposal could cut benefits for nearly 688,000 SNAP recipients nationwide,… Read more »

Increased demand puts strain on Creswell pantry

  Susan Blacknik strolled through rows of shelves at the Creswell Food Pantry. She passed empty spaces and cases upon cases of canned beans and pureed pumpkin. “I don’t like to see bare shelves over there, and there’s more bare shelves than I’ve seen since I started six years ago,” she said. With the winter… Read more »

About 6,000 Oregonians could lose food stamp benefits under new proposal

OREGON – More than 6,000 Oregonians could lose their food stamp benefits under a new proposal by the Trump administration. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday it’s proposing a new requirement for the supplemental nutrition assistance program, otherwise known as “SNAP.” The DOA says the new proposal would close “a loophole” that allows people… Read more »

Your gift provides needed relief

In Lane County, 44% of households do not earn enough to cover their basic needs. This is according to Lane County’s 2016 ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Report. More than a third (37%) of Lane County residents qualify for an emergency food box (Census 2016). Food assistance provides relief large and small to families… Read more »

In rural Oregon, trips to food banks are the new normal

In towns such as Junction City, rising housing costs push families to pantries to fill monthly budget gaps Walking through the immaculate, well-organized aisles of Junction City Local Aid’s food pantry, Jeanie Burr chatted happily with volunteer Peggy Saltz about produce. “OK, so I got a cauliflower,” Burr said, clutching three bags. “Look at the… Read more »

An honor to serve

For volunteer pantry manager Cheri Harrison, the opportunity to serve is an honor and a privilege. “I’ve been a member of Eugene Faith Center for over 36 years,” said Cheri. “During those years I’ve had a lot of roles and done all kinds of volunteer work. About three years ago I was asked to manage the… Read more »