FOOD For Lane County asking community to help raise $500K to expand capacity

  FOOD for Lane County is asking for the community to help fundraise $500,000 in hopes of renovating its Bailey Hill warehouse, which opened in 1999, as soon as early January. The local food bank, a network of more than 4,000 volunteers and 150 partner agencies, already has raised $9 million of its $9.5 million yearslong capital campaign…. Read more »

Rising Food Prices

The price of beef has increased by 12.2% in the past year alone. Eggs have gotten more expensive too and cost 9.9% more than last year. These changes can have a huge impact on families whose budgets are already stretched to the breaking point. Rising food prices are a crisis for families who are already… Read more »

A Fridge for Every Neighborhood

In May 2021, Eugene resident Jayme Bradshaw lived under Washington-Jefferson Street in the Whiteaker neighborhood in Eugene. She lived in a tent, located on the eastmost side of the strip of park, right across the street from a free community fridge. Just a short walk away from Washington-Jefferson Park, the fridge was easily accessible to… Read more »

USDA Modernizes the Thrifty Food Plan, Updates SNAP Benefits

WASHINGTON, August 16, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a re-evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan, used to calculate Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. As a result, the average SNAP benefit – excluding additional funds provided as part of pandemic relief – will increase for Fiscal Year 2022 beginning on Oct. 1,… Read more »

COVID-19 and Food Insecurity in Lane County

Food insecurity is defined as the lack of access to sufficient food because of limited financial resources. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) conducts an annual household survey to track food insecurity in the United States, with state and county level estimates derived from the national survey results. In 2019 – before the COVID-19 crisis… Read more »

FFLC COVID-19 Response: Video and Photo Updates

Check out what FOOD For Lane County and our donors and volunteers have done to support the community during the COVID-19 pandemic: COVID-19 Video and Photo Updates (listed individually below) COVID-19 Response, April 2020 Photo Gallery Mobile Pantries – May, 2020 COVID-19 Video Update The Dining Room – May, 2020 COVID-19 Video Update The Gardens… Read more »

Chefs’ Night Out Statement for 2021

This Spring feels especially hopeful, but there are still many Springtime traditions that must continue waiting before we can enjoy them again. One of them is Chefs’ Night Out (CNO), which showcases world-class skills of local chefs, winemakers/vintners, and brew masters who delight in sharing their passion with you. In 2020, for the first time… Read more »

Stimulate the fight against hunger

The past year has demonstrated how important food assistance is during a time of crisis. It has also tested the strength and resilience of our local food assistance network. One of the economic impacts of COVID-19 has been a significant increase in food insecurity in Lane County. Simply put, more people than ever are having trouble paying for all… Read more »