Alleviating hunger by
creating access to food.


Genevieve enrolled in the Culinary Arts Program at Lane Community College to pursue her dream of becoming a chef and to make a better life for herself and her daughter.

“My daughter gave me a reason to succeed. I did this for her.”

Genevieve lives on a tight budget, especially when it comes to food. As a student, she puzzled together whatever resources she could to get by — scholarships, financial aid, food stamps and a food box from her local pantry.

“I’m so incredibly thankful for the food pantry. It helped put food on the table when the food stamps ran out. When you’re a student, to have a resource like that is really helpful. To keep food on the table, to keep your energy up, to stay healthy, to stay focused — it’s so important. I’m so thankful the resources were there when I needed them, but I really want to be able to support ourselves and be self-sufficient.”

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Mary and Bob

"This is my type of living. I know where the light switches are. I know when the sun is going to be really pretty in the front yard and where to put the tomatoes in the backyard."
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“It’s a very nice place. They got good food and very good service. They always have a happy smile and good conversation. This place feeds a lot of people that would otherwise go without a meal completely.”
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“It’s a profound experience being on the street. I’ve been there. It was about ‘how do I survive? You get the gear. You get the sleeping bag. You figure out where the food is.”
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