Portland, OR. The Board of Directors and staff of Oregon Food Bank honored dozens of generous supporters during a special event on May 3rd held at the new Portland offices for Tillamook County Creamery Association. Hosted by Tillamook President and CEO Patrick Criteser, who is also Chair of Oregon Food Bank’s Board, attendees were invited to try a variety of cheeses and other hors d’oeuvres. “I like this time of one-on-one with our donors,” said Oregon Food Bank CEO Susannah Morgan. “They want to know about the impact we are making in the community and I want to be able to personally thank them for their generosity.” Hunger in Oregon remains high, with nearly 260,000 people accessing food assistance every month. Oregon Food Bank works to provide fresh, nutritious foods for children, families, seniors and the disabled. It also works to improve self-reliance by offering nutrition and garden education and advocates for policy changes that reduce hunger and build healthy communities.

Oregon Food Bank supporters Joan Kerns, Colleen Gardner and Judy Johnson

Myra Friedman, Hannah Fullerton and Ralph Fullerton

Tillamook County Creamery Association CEO and Oregon Food Bank Board Chair Patrick Criteser and Oregon Food Bank CEO Susannah Morgan.

Joy-Gay Pahl and former Oregon Food Bank Board Member Dave Pahl

Oregon Food Bank supporters Michael Babbit and Ellen Bartholomew

For more info: https://www.oregonfoodbank.org

We’re probably not what you expect when you think of a food bank. In Oregon, we do things differently.

We started off like most food banks did back in 1988. That’s when Interagency Food Bank and Oregon Food Share merged to become Oregon Food Bank, and we distributed USDA Commodity Supplemental Food to over 200 hunger-relief agencies.

Today, Oregon Food Bank collects food from farmers, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, individuals and government sources. We distribute that food through a Statewide Network of 21 Regional Food Banks and approximately 1,200 food assistance sites serving all of Oregon and Clark County, Washington.

It seems like a big job, and it is. We absolutely couldn’t do it alone. But, distributing food is not the entire job. Like we said – we do things differently in Oregon.