FOOD For Lane County’s two gardens — the GrassRoots Garden and the Youth Farm — grow fresh nutritious food for distribution through the FFLC network of partner agencies while providing opportunities for youth and adults to grow, learn and contribute to their community. More than 2,000 children and youth visit the gardens each year, and youth and adults gain skills in gardening, nutrition, and community building.
In July 2017, FOOD For Lane County started a job training program to help people receiving services with employment skills to help be on a path out of poverty. We work with adults who may face challenges to employment, providing a supportive and structured environment to get them ready for the workforce. Daily instruction and guidance is provided by FOOD For Lane County staff, working side by side with job trainees in the daily operation of the food bank’s programs. The programs run 12 weeks.
FOOD For Lane County’s Nutrition Education Program provides nutrition education, basic cooking skills and tips on how to stretch limited food budgets to income-eligible audiences throughout Lane County. We currently only offer limited in-person classes, and please out the following resources for more cooking and nutrition how-to.
Check out some nutritious recipes here.
Trillium Screen and Intervene
Trillium Screen & Intervene identifies food insecure individuals and families during their visits to healthcare providers by asking two simple questions about access to nutrient-dense food. If patients are food insecure, they are referred to a Trillium Produce Plus site to pick up free fresh fruits and vegetables. The Trillium Produce Plus site may be located at the medical clinic that conducted the screening.