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 »

Bulk Items for Sale from the Youth Farm

We are again offering certain bulk items for sale from the FOOD For Lane County Youth Farm. Onions (Red,Yellow – keep until May)-$1.25 per pound (20 pound minimum- mixes OK). Potatoes (Red, Yellow, Whites and Russets- keep until February -March)  – $1.25 per pound (20 pound minimum- mixes OK) Shallots (Large Dutch variety – keep until July!!!) –… Read more »

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