Posts Categorized: FFLC programs

25th Day of Caring: ‘We can’t do it ourselves without volunteers’

EUGENE, Ore. – Some 900 hundred volunteers came together to give back in Lane County on Thursday for the 25th annual United Way Day of Caring. At FOOD for Lane County, 200 people helped package cereal and tackle other projects. Volunteer coordinator Daniel Budd said the food bank couldn’t operate without its volunteers.   Read… 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 »

FOOD for Lane County Partners with Trillium Community Health Plan to Grow Produce Plus and Veggie Rx Programs

EUGENE, OREGON – (June 25, 2018) – Trillium Community Health Plan is partnering with FOOD For Lane County to expand the Produce Plus Program and improve health through a new pilot project that will integrate free access to fresh produce with diabetes prevention education. As a result of this partnership, Produce Plus is now Trillium… Read more »

Lane County ranks high in food insecurity, study shows

Oregon’s economy is booming, with a record number of people employed, increasing minimum wages and housing developments springing up. Yet come meal time, many Oregonians are struggling to put food on the table in every county, especially in Lane County. The county ranks second among Oregon counties, with 15.4 percent of residents not having access… Read more »

Kids eat free this summer

More than 1 in 5 Lane County children (22%) don’t have access to adequate nutrition, and more than half (53%) qualify for free school meals during the school year. But when school is out, families with children need help filling that meal gap. FFLC’s Summer Food Program helps. We operate one of the largest free… Read more »

The recession is not over for working families.

44% of Lane County Households can’t afford basics needs. That alarming statistic is according to the 2018 ALICE Report released in May by United Way of Lane County. ALICE — or Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed — is a study of financial hardship in Oregon. “Just three years ago, our region was first introduced to a population that many of… 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 »