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Where does the food come from?

Almost all of the food that FOOD for Lane County distributes is donated, not purchased. The food comes from the following sources:

46% United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
28% Local Businesses
17% Oregon Food Bank
5% Other purchased
2% Local food drives
<1% FFLC gardens
<1% Summer Food Program

Does FOOD for Lane County buy food?

FFLC distributes food that has been donated, rescued, harvested, prepared and packaged. Typically, we do not buy the food we distribute because the majority is donated. However, when donations are specified for food purchase, we strive to purchase healthy foods.

Where does the food go? How does it get distributed?

The food is distributed through a countywide network of partner agencies – other nonprofit organizations who partner with FFLC to receive the food and distribute it directly to people in need. The food is distributed in the following way:

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73% Emergency Food Box Agencies
8% Extra Helping
8% Non-emergency Partner Agencies
6% Emergency Meal Sites and Shelters
3% Senior Grocery Program
<1% Transferred to other food banks
<1% Cereal for Youth
<1% Summer Food Program
<1% Snack Pack
<1% Miscellaneous

Total pounds distributed:  8,291,103 lbs.

How nutritious is the food you receive and distribute?

We believe that emergency food assistance should be wholesome and nutritious – not just fill stomachs with empty calories. The food we receive and distribute has the following characteristics:

26% Proteins, complete meals, soups
23% Fresh produce
14% Juice, dairy products and ice cream
13% Canned food, mixed
8% Fruits and vegetables, canned or frozen
7% Cereal, grains, pasta and rice
5% Breads and sweets
1% Prepared food for meal sites
1% Miscellaneous (beverages, sauces, dressings, condiments, spices, etc.)
<1% Non food items
<1% Pet food
<1% Baby food

In FY 13-14, we established a one-year baseline for Choosing Healthy Options Program (CHOP) scores to measure the nutritional quality of the food we receive and distribute. In FY 19-20, 55% of the food in inventory was able to be ranked using the CHOP system. We found that 83% of food products fell into the highest two categories for nutritional value (CHOP 1 – Choose Frequently and CHOP 2 – Choose Moderately).

Who donates to FOOD for Lane County? Where do your monetary donations come from?*

FOOD for Lane County depends on the generosity of many different funders:

53.5% Individuals
23.2% Government Grants and Contracts
18% Foundations and Corporate Grants
5.3% FFLC Programs and Misc.

How much of your revenue goes to programs?*

Of the revenue FFLC receives from all sources, 92% is spent on program functions. Only 8% is spent on administrative costs. Charity Navigator rates FFLC with a 4-star rating for financial health, accountability, and transparency. We also have a Platinum level seal of transparency from GuideStar. FOOD for Lane County’s Tax ID number is 93-0888347.

*From FY 18-19

Unless otherwise noted, all figures are based on the 2019-20 fiscal year.