Oregon Food Bank’s mission
To eliminate hunger and its root causes ... because no one should be hungry.
What is Oregon Food Bank?
Oregon Food Bank is a nonprofit, charitable organization. Oregon Food Bank believes no one should be hungry. With sufficient public will and support of the entire community, we believe it is possible to eliminate hunger and its root causes.
Oregon Food Bank collects and distributes food through a network of four OFB branches and 16 independent regional food banks serving Oregon and southwest Washington.
The OFB Network helps nearly 1 in 5 households in Oregon and southwest Washington fend off hunger.
OFB also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through advocacy, nutrition education, garden education and helping communities strengthen local food systems.
How much food does the Oregon Food Bank Network move?
Oregon Food Bank moved 43.5-million pounds of food during the last fiscal year (July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012).
The Oregon Food Bank Network collected a total of 8.7-million pounds of food (includes the 43.5-million pounds collected through Oregon Food Bank).
Where does food for the Oregon Food Bank Network come from?
- 54 percent from the food industry
- 11 percent from food drives and individual donations
- 14 percent purchased
- 21 percent from USDA
Where does revenue come from?
90 percent of the operating budget revenue comes from private sources. Less than 6 percent of total expenses goes to fundraising and administration.
Distribution of emergency food at record levels
Requests for emergency food remain at record high levels throughout Oregon and Clark County, Wash. For the second year in a row, distribution of emergency food boxes in Oregon and southwest Washington topped 1 million as long-term unemployment, persistent underemployment and the high cost of food, utilities and rent forced more and more people to seek emergency food.
Each month more than 270,000 people in Oregon and southwest Washington eat meals from an emergency food box.
Hunger is an income issue
74 percent households receiving emergency food had incomes below the federal poverty level ($23,050 for a family of four).
Households with children face greatest need
- Children are disproportionately represented in hunger and poverty.
- 34 percent of those eating meals from emergency food boxes each month are children. (92,000 children each month).
- Oregon ranks among the states with the highest rate of child food insecurity.
- Children who are hungry get sick more often and have more trouble learning in school.
- Early childhood hunger and malnutrition can result in irreversible health problems, such as hypertension, diabetes, kidney and heart disease.
How to help
- Donate funds
- Donate food
- Advocate for public policies that help fight hunger
Most-wanted foods include:
- Shelf-stable milk,
- Food high in protein such as canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon) and canned or dried beans,
- Foods high in nutrients, such as canned fruits and vegetables (preferably with reduced sodium and reduced sugar),
- Whole-grain foods such as brown rice, whole grain cereal and whole-wheat pasta,
- Soups, chilis and stews (preferably with reduced sodium and reduced fat),
- 100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed),
- Unsaturated cooking oils.
Please NO rusty or unlabeled cans, glass containers, perishable items, homemade items, noncommercial canned or packaged items, alcoholic beverages, mixes or soda, open or used items.