For the latest on Lane County and COVID-19, please visit: http://www.lanecountyor.gov/coronavirus
FFLC is part of Lane County’s Emergency Plan, playing a key role in making sure food is distributed where and when it is needed most. We are working with staff, volunteers and partner agencies to help respond to the needs of vulnerable community members, as always, and especially in this sensitive time.
Many people in the community are asking how they can help. We are humbled and grateful; with everyone doing a little extra, we can get through this challenging time together. Financial contributions are especially helpful because we can quickly put gifts to use in a flexible way to best support the most urgent needs. Click here to make a gift now.
Through the links below, you will find information on how you can request services and how you can help provide much-needed support. If you have questions not answered on our website, please contact us by phone at 541-343-2822 between 9am and 4pm, Monday through Friday or email anytime here.
Information for those needing services:
Pantry/partner agency updates
Find out about closures to regular operations here. FFLC will keep this list updated and advise you of any changes to our programs. (Last updated on 5/18/20).
The income guidelines for obtaining food assistance in Oregon have changed from 185% of the Federal Poverty level to 300% of the Federal Poverty Level (as of March 30, 2020).
This change allows greater flexibility to assist households that didn’t previously qualify for food assistance. We know many people in our community are struggling through this difficult time, and more of these families are now eligible for food assistance available at local food pantries.
People who are unable to leave their homes for groceries can send a proxy to a pantry to pick up food on their behalf.
Please have the proxy bring these forms.
The Dining Room
It work to stay in operation, 270 W 8th, Eugene. We will serve to-go meals M-Th at no cost between 12-3pm (or until food runs out) instead of seating guests inside (beginning Monday, March 16).
Help for K-12 children
We’re working to connect families with existing resources in the community and assessing where there may be gaps in order to assist. Many schools plan to continue offering to-go meals to students.
Support for Senior Citizens
Information for those who want to help:
Now more than ever, FOOD for Lane County needs your support to help meet the urgent needs of our community members who fight hunger on a daily basis. COVID-19 poses additional strain on situations that are already precarious. It also poses challenges to our normal processes and volunteers opportunities may change on short notice. Please read below for the latest information and contact us with questions.
At this time, we are not able to welcome volunteers for health and safety reasons. We miss working alongside our many wonderful volunteers and look forward to opening our doors to you as soon as we possibly can. We will do our best to notify the public as soon as we are able to offer volunteer opportunities again. To put your name on an interest list or to ask questions, you may contact Dan Budd, Volunteer and Kitchen Manager.
Where can I donate food and what do you need most?
Food Donations from Individuals:
We are so grateful for community members’ generosity and desire to help. Food donations can be accepted at FFLC, 770 Bailey Hill Rd. in Eugene between 9am-4pm. Please call ahead if you are donating a large volume of food. Peanut butter, tuna, canned stews, soups and chili are among the most needed foods.
Independently-run food drives that do not involve large gatherings and where social distancing can be accomplished can take place. The organizer(s) of such drives need to pick up and return barrels from our Bailey Hill warehouse location. Please understand that collected food will stay in quarantine for a period of time until it is safe for FFLC staff and/or volunteers to process.
Food Donations from Food Industry Partners:
If you represent a food processor, distributor, wholesaler, trucker, or other part of the food industry, and you have food to donate, please contact us at 541-343-2822 ext. 122 to discuss your donation.
Food Donations from Grocery Retail and Fresh Alliance:
We’re shifting our food sourcing to keep as much nutritious food flowing as possible, and adjusting staffing allocations to be able to better support local food assistance sites. As of March 30th, we will temporarily suspend standing grocery store pick-up routes in Eugene and Springfield, pausing the Fresh Alliance program until we can resume safely. Our Fresh Alliance transportation team will be redeployed to other high priority distribution work based on community needs. The temporary suspension will take effect Monday, March 30th with Friday March 27th, 2020 being the last day of regular pick-up for the very near-term. We will be in regular communication with our partners as the situation evolves.
How do I make a donation? – Financial contributions are especially helpful because we can quickly put gifts to use in a flexible way to best support the most urgent needs. Click here to help now.
Nutrition Education — all classes are cancelled until further notice.
FFLC Gardens – GrassRoots Garden and the Youth Farm are currently closed to volunteers.
Chefs’ Night Out – Postponed to June 1st
Partner Agency Conference on March 27 will be rescheduled