Letter Carriers’ Food Drive on December 12!

This important food drive brings in thousands of pounds of shelf-stable food and stocks pantry shelves  with much needed staples, like peanut butter! This is a county-wide drive, and food collected in your community will stay in your community Go Green and reuse an old grocery bag (not paper) Your letter carrier will pick it… Read more »

Contact Senator Merkley about The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

The federal government helps food banks by providing USDA commodity food, and financial assistance to store and distribute that food, through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). The financial assistance helps pay for warehouse and transportation costs like gas, utilities, staff, drivers, and equipment like forklifts and refrigerated trucks. As food banks pursue their commitments… Read more »

Agency Relations Coordinator Needed!

Join our team! We are hiring an Agency Relations Coordinator, responsible to the Programs and Services Director. 30 hrs./wk. Must be available regularly on evenings and weekends. (If a candidate is interested in 40 hrs./wk. and proves to be successful in the position, this position may possibly transition to full-time at 40 hrs./wk. in the… Read more »

Welcome to the Dining Room

By Faire Holliday, Dining Room Volunteer Coordinator The white FOOD For Lane County van arrives around 9:15 am, bringing trays and pans of Thanksgiving treats: ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, biscuits, green bean casserole, and pie. The food, once unloaded from the van, fills two stainless steel countertops in the Dining Room kitchen. It’s almost a… Read more »

Helping children get the nutrition they need

During the school year, Jennifer works in the kitchen at Harrison Elementary in Cottage Grove. This summer she also worked for FOOD for Lane County as a Summer Food Program site supervisor, serving free lunches to children and teens. When Jennifer was younger she needed our Summer Food lunches. “My mom was a single parent… Read more »

Help us serve vets

Story by Denise Wendt; video by Shannon Turner Rob is a gentle guy, with a big heart and an easy smile. In 2003, his Army National Guard infantry unit got the call to go to war. Rob spent 14 months in Kuwait and Iraq. When he got back to the states, he was changed —… Read more »

With a side of respect

Sometimes people find their life’s work in mysterious ways, and for Josie McCarthy, it was through two prostitutes in Chicago who led her to dedicate herself to feeding the homeless and otherwise downtrodden with dignity and respect, as if they were dining in a fine restaurant. Many years ago now, McCarthy spent her days with… Read more »

I’m just like them

Letxy arrives at the pantry early. She says hello to her fellow volunteers, ties on an apron and gets to work. She loads up her station with fresh dairy products — milk, eggs and sour cream. Then she goes outside to talk to people waiting in line. She greets them by name, hugs them and… Read more »

Oregon Preps for New Wave of Home-Baking Entrepreneurs

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon’s home-baking law goes into effect in less than two months – although it will take several more months for the state Department of Agriculture to finalize all the rules. In the meantime, there’s plenty for baking entrepreneurs to do to get ready. In addition to perfecting their best recipes, home bakers… Read more »

Elementary students get hands dirty learning about where food comes from

Lane County invites kids to farms to celebrate National Farm to School Month SPRINGFIELD — A group of third-grade students from Guy Lee Elementary School got some hands-on farming experience Friday as they picked hundreds of peppers, walked through rows of lettuce, dug for worms and used their freshly harvested produce to craft their own… Read more »