Food insecurity still high in Lane County

While Oregon is known for its rugged beauty, great outdoors and fabulous food and beverages, it has another distinction. Oregon lags behind much of the nation in reducing its rate of food insecurity. According to the Oregon Center for Public Policy, the rate of food insecurity fell by 11 percent nationally from 2014 to 2016,… Read more »

Despite strong economy, many Americans struggling to get by

Despite a strong economy, about 40 percent of American families struggled to meet at least one of their basic needs last year, including paying for food, health care, housing or utilities. That’s according to an Urban Institute survey of nearly 7,600 adults that found that the difficulties were most prevalent among adults with lower incomes… Read more »

In rural Oregon, trips to food banks are the new normal

In towns such as Junction City, rising housing costs push families to pantries to fill monthly budget gaps Walking through the immaculate, well-organized aisles of Junction City Local Aid’s food pantry, Jeanie Burr chatted happily with volunteer Peggy Saltz about produce. “OK, so I got a cauliflower,” Burr said, clutching three bags. “Look at the… Read more »

FOOD for Lane County Partners with Trillium Community Health Plan to Grow Produce Plus and Veggie Rx Programs

EUGENE, OREGON – (June 25, 2018) – Trillium Community Health Plan is partnering with FOOD For Lane County to expand the Produce Plus Program and improve health through a new pilot project that will integrate free access to fresh produce with Type 2 diabetes prevention education. As a result of this partnership, Produce Plus is… Read more »

Kids eat free this summer

More than 1 in 5 Lane County children (22%) don’t have access to adequate nutrition, and more than half (53%) qualify for free school meals during the school year. But when school is out, families with children need help filling that meal gap. FFLC’s Summer Food Program helps. We operate one of the largest free… Read more »