Posts Categorized: Hunger

New meal kit program benefits Lane County residents with food insecurity

A new pilot program at Peacehealth Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield gives low-income families meal kits and info on healthy eating and access to food assistance. Dr. Serena Black is Medical Director of Peacehealth Children’s Service Line. She said the meal kit project is meant to help families at their clinic who screen positive… Read more »

A football bet for food security

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and Utah Senator Mike Lee raised roughly 55,000 pounds of food donations for local non-profit organizations in their respective states as part of a bet prior to the Oregon Ducks vs. Utah Utes football game on Nov. 19. The food donations from Oregon — 15,000 pounds of ground beef from Farmers Ending Hunger… Read more »

Holiday Food Donations

Holiday Donations and Perishable Foods Q & A – November 2021 During the holidays FFLC gets many questions about food donations. And that’s great! Donating food helps make the holidays brighter for our neighbors; however, the most common question we get is, “Where can I donate a turkey for Thanksgiving?” The short answer is: you… Read more »

Lane County groups want to Stuff the Bus with food, toy donations this weekend

Before people prepare to stuff turkeys, local organizations need help stuffing buses with food and toys for local families. Stuff the Bus — a partnership between FOOD for Lane County, Lane County Toys for Tots, Walmart, Lane Transit District and local radio stations104.7 KDUK and US 101 — takes place Friday (11/12) and Saturday (11/13)…. Read more »

Rising Food Prices

The price of beef has increased by 12.2% in the past year alone. Eggs have gotten more expensive too and cost 9.9% more than last year. These changes can have a huge impact on families whose budgets are already stretched to the breaking point. Rising food prices are a crisis for families who are already… Read more »

A Fridge for Every Neighborhood

In May 2021, Eugene resident Jayme Bradshaw lived under Washington-Jefferson Street in the Whiteaker neighborhood in Eugene. She lived in a tent, located on the eastmost side of the strip of park, right across the street from a free community fridge. Just a short walk away from Washington-Jefferson Park, the fridge was easily accessible to… Read more »

COVID-19 and Food Insecurity in Lane County

Food insecurity is defined as the lack of access to sufficient food because of limited financial resources. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) conducts an annual household survey to track food insecurity in the United States, with state and county level estimates derived from the national survey results. In 2019 – before the COVID-19 crisis… Read more »

Stimulate the fight against hunger

The past year has demonstrated how important food assistance is during a time of crisis. It has also tested the strength and resilience of our local food assistance network. One of the economic impacts of COVID-19 has been a significant increase in food insecurity in Lane County. Simply put, more people than ever are having trouble paying for all… Read more »

Rural Organizing Project takes on food pantry status

Volunteers prepare food in ROP’s kitchen on Feb. 18. With an average of 600 families served per week, the organization is on the constant lookout for those who can volunteer time, items or skills. By: Damien Sherwood/Cottage Grove Sentinel Posted Feb 25, 2021 As communities continue to feel the burden of the pandemic’s economic devastation,… Read more »

Thank you for supporting Holiday Farm Fire relief centers

FFLC continues to support communities ravaged by the Holiday Farm Fire. Recently we visited Blue River and talked to Johnnie Lee Mayer who gave us a tour of the McKenzie School gym that now serves as a relief center. Pieces of cardboard protect the hardwood floors and tables are covered with clothing, shoes, pet supplies,… Read more »