About Food for Oregon
What is Food for Oregon?
Food for Oregon is a strategic partnership between Oregon Food Bank and Oregon State University Extension Service. The goals of the partnership are to:
- Increase Oregonians' food security and their access to local, sustainable food resources.
- Build connections between Oregonians, their local and regional food system and education and advocacy resources.
- Establish support for and connections between organizations engaged in building a healthy, accessible food system for Oregon.
This website contains a searchable database of non-emergency community food programs in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Users of the database can search for programs by County, Program Area, Organization Name, City, Zip Code or a combination of these search criteria. Contact and organizational information is then displayed and users are encouraged to follow up with organizations in order to support local, sustainable businesses and non-profits in the Northwest.
We encourage organizations with community food programs to register in the Community Food Programs Database.
What kind of organizations and programs is Food for Oregon looking for?
Food for Oregon's Community Food Programs Database contains contact information on organizations that have programs with community food security components to them. Listed in the database are:
Advocacy programs - such as food policy councils, research organizations and efforts to influence food security related legislation.
Education programs - such as nutrition education, budgeting and menu planning, food safety, and agricultural education.
Farmers' Markets - especially those accepting Food Stamps, WIC and senior vouchers.
Food Production and Processing - such as community kitchens, community supported agricultures, land trusts, micro-enterprise kitchens, and farms.
Community Garden - such as individual/family plot gardens, Grow-A-Row, demonstration/teaching/learning gardens, school and church gardens.
Gleaning Groups - gleaning is the ancient practice of gathering surplus and salvaged foods from farm or store. Gleaning group members share in the work for a share of the gleaned harvest.
Other Food Sales - commercial enterprises engaged primarily in the sale of local and/or organic products, e.g. co-ops and roadside fruit and vegetable stands, farm stores, produce delivery, etc.
What is Food Security?
Mike Hamm and Anne Bellows define community food security as "a condition in which all community residents obtain a safe, culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diet through a sustainable food system that maximizes community self-reliance and social justice."
The Community Food Security Coalition identifies 6 principles of food security that "represent a comprehensive strategy to address many of the ills affecting our society and environment." Those principles are: low-income food needs, broad goals, community focus, self-reliance/empowerment, local agriculture and a systems-oriented/inter-disciplinary approach. For more information on food security visit the Community Food Security Coalition's website through our Links page.
Organizations and programs listed in the Community Food Programs Database are not necessarily affiliated with Oregon Food Bank as a member agency or with Oregon State University Extension Service. Oregon Food Bank and Oregon State University Extension Service do not vouch for or take any responsibility for any of the organizations or programs listed in the Community Food Programs Database. All phone calls or emails for more information on services, activities or events of organizations listed in the database should be directed to the organization in question and not Oregon Food Bank or Oregon State University Extension Service.