Bank of America gives $10,000 grants to local nonprofits

EUGENE, Ore. – Three different nonprofits in Lane County are receiving $10,000 grants to boost their funding thanks to a large donation from Bank of America. The grant from Bank of America is part of its “Hunger, Housing, Education Program.” It will benefit St. Vincent de Paul, Food for Lane County and Volunteers in Medicine…. Read more »

Oregon is still too hungry

It turns out that while Portland was becoming the coolest city for food, not everybody was eating. And while we’ve been advancing course by course, some of our tables were heading in the wrong direction. The eagerly awaited annual U.S. Department of Agriculture hunger survey reports — the malnutrition version of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit… Read more »

Young farmers learn about food, and hard work, at FOOD for Lane County Youth Farm in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — Alex Corridon gets right to the root of the issue: “I know that the food that I’m growing is going to the people who really need it.” Sweat beads on the 17-year-old’s face as she pulls onions from the dry earth that crunches under her feet as she moves around in it. Video… Read more »

Study Finds Limited Economic Mobility in U.S.

In the United States, family economic circumstances play an outsize role in determining children’s economic prospects later in life and are a significant factor in limiting intergenerational economic mobility, a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Russell Sage Foundation finds. Read more By Philanthropy News Digest on July 30, 2015

In Lane County, a range of services support seniors who want to stay in their homes

After losing her husband of 67 years, Marge Williamson considered moving into a retirement facility. She had toured it, and even deposited money, before changing her mind. “I just knew it wasn’t right for me to go into assisted living,” Williamson said. “I love this home.” In addition to wanting to spend as many years… Read more »

Uneven Recovery Leaving Working Poor Families Behind, Report Finds

The uneven economic recovery has left more low-income families struggling to make ends meet and more children living in low-income working families, an annual report from the Annie. E. Casey Foundation finds. According to the 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book, one in four children in the United States, or 18.7 million children, lived in a… Read more »

Debunking 5 Common Myths About Food Banks

It’s a hard reality to face, but currently millions of people across North America are experiencing some form of food deprivation or food insecurity. Stigma is still attached to those who must use food banks to obtain a sufficient quantity of nutritious food. I had the opportunity to chat with Kathe Rogers, Communications Manager of… Read more »

4 percent unemployment might be the new 5 percent unemployment

The economy is adding a lot of jobs, but still needs to add a lot more. That’s the simple message of the latest jobs report, which was good, but not quite as good as the headline numbers suggest. Now, if you’re a glass-half-full kind of person, you’d point out that the economy added 223,000 jobs… Read more »

2015 Chefs’ Night Out Best Bite Winners

Chefs’ Night Out brings together Lane County’s finest restaurants, wineries, microbreweries and caterers under one roof for one delicious evening to benefit FOOD for Lane County. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, 100% of Chefs’ Night Out ticket sales benefit FOOD for Lane County’s efforts to alleviate hunger in Lane County. Congratulations 2015 Best… Read more »