About Oregon Food Bank

Oregon Food Bank The Waterfront Blues Festival is owned and produced by Oregon Food Bank  and is the non-profit organization's largest fundraiser to fight hunger.

100 percent of gate donations and proceeds from ticket and pass sales directly benefit Oregon Food Bank's work to eliminate hunger and its root causes.

Every $10 donation allows Oregon Food Bank to collect and distribute about 40 pounds of food, equivalent to 30 meals for people who are hungry.

Learn more about the people we serve from our annual Voices project:


Who we are and what we doChild

Our mission: To eliminate hunger and its root causes … because no one should be hungry.

Oregon Food Bank takes a holistic approach to ending hunger by bringing our community together to provide food, education and hope to our neighbors in need.

We provide emergency food to people who are hungry through a cooperative statewide network of hunger-relief agencies, helping 1 in 5 households fend off hunger.

OFB also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger by advocating for fair public policies, strengthening community food systems and providing nutrition and garden education to help people become more self-sufficient and resourceful.

Hunger in Oregon is at record levels food boxes

Did you know ...

  • The need for emergency food is unprecedented. For the third year in a row, the OFB Network distributed more than 1 million emergency food boxes in Oregon and Clark County, Wash.  
  • Long-term unemployment, persistent underemployment and the high cost of food, gas, utilities and rent are forcing more and more people to seek emergency food.  
  • 270,000 people per month eat meals from emergency food boxes. That's half of Portland's population. 
  • 33% of those receiving emergency food are children. Children who are hungry get sick more often and have more trouble learning in school.
  • Since the beginning of the Great Recession in 2008, emergency food box distribution has increased 41 percent.

Your voice counts ...

Help us build a powerful movement to eliminate hunger and its root causes. Sign up to take action!

Through the concerted efforts of people like you, we can ensure that Oregon legislators get the message: helping those in need is a priority now and addressing hunger's root causes is vital to eliminating hunger in the long-term.  Get the latest updates on our advocacy efforts.

Thank you blues fans!2013 Crowd

Last year, the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union, raised $1,114,004 through donations at the gate, as well as purchases of special passes and DME blues cruise tickets, exceeding the festival’s $1 million goal. 

Revenue from the Waterfront Blues Fest has grown steadily over the past 27 years. In the past five years alone, more than $5 million in cumulative net festival revenue has directly supported Oregon Food Bank's mission to eliminate hunger and its root causes.

Your donations at the gate and purchase of tickets and passes make a difference!


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