Posts Categorized: Emergency Food Pantries

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 »

At the foot of the Cascades

  Rural communities in Lane County face real challenges when it comes to accessing food. Many small towns are considered food deserts. They provide residents little or no choice of grocery stores, farmers’ markets and healthy food providers. Transportation to and from Eugene or Springfield – for employment or groceries – may not be available or may… Read more »

It’s ok to ask for help

Colette was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was 13, but because her disability wasn’t easy to see her family did not seek treatment for her. As an adult her untreated mental health issues made everything harder — to get and keep a job and to be a mom to her two children. At 39… Read more »