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 twelve weeks.
We ensure that food assistance is available to all people, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or any other distinguishing characteristic. This philosophy of open access guides FOOD for Lane County’s service ethic of treating all people with dignity and respect. We ask that all agencies that receive food from us actively engage in this same ethic.
Our Multicultural Outreach Coordinator works together with our Partner Agencies to eliminate barriers to access to services, develops strong and effective collaborations between communities of color and other underserved communities in Lane County, and provides information about FFLC’s services throughout Lane County. Our Multicultural Outreach Coordinator also works with other local agencies to better serve Lane County’s underrepresented communities and their needs.
For more information about our multicultural outreach efforts, or if you are bilingual and would like to volunteer, contact Multicultural Outreach Coordinator Mercedys Ruby at (541) 343-2822 or email here.
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 have two education programs: Cooking Matters and Cooking Matters at the Store.
Cooking Matters is a cooking-based nutrition education program.
- Learn how to prepare healthy, tasty meals on a limited budget
- Practice fundamental lessons including knife skills, reading ingredient labels and cutting up a whole chicken.
- Learn how to make a healthy meal for a family of four on a $10 budget
At the end of each lesson, participants take home ingredients to practice preparing the recipe taught that day. Classes are taught by volunteers and administered by FOOD for Lane County in partnership with Oregon Food Bank and with the support of Share Our Strength.
Cooking Matters at the Store
Cooking Matters at the Store meets adults at the grocery store for a learning experience that teaches participants how to make positive changes to their food shopping habits.
- Reading and understanding nutrition fact labels and unit pricing
- Choosing healthy food from every section of the grocery store
- Other ways to stretch a food budget without minimizing quality
If you are interested in scheduling classes or volunteering for the Nutrition Education Program, contact FFLC Nutrition Education Program Coordinator Dana Baxter by email here or call (541) 343-2822 Ext. 356.
Check out some nutritious recipes here.