Yesterday, November 1st kicked off our food drive which benefits the Oregon Food Bank. We are blessed to have such an incredible organization like the Oregon Food Bank here to help those in need, but they need our help to meet the demands they face from our community.
To better understand how much need for food resources there are in this state, I wanted to share with you some statistics. (courtesy of: http://www.oregonfoodbank.org/understanding-hunger/ofb-network-stats)
For the fourth year in a row, the OFB statewide network of regional food banks distributed more than 1 million emergency food boxes.
Since the beginning of the Great Recession in 2008, food box distribution has increased 41 percent.
The OFB Network of regional food banks now distributes about 350,000 more food boxes annually than it did before the recession.
270,000 people per month ate meals from emergency food boxes. A typical emergency food box provides a three- to five-day supply of groceries. Most food pantries serve a specific geographic area and limit the number of times a family can receive help. On average, families access emergency food boxes four times per year.
In an average month, 92,000 children eat meals from emergency food boxes.
3.9-million emergency meals were served at soup kitchens and shelters.
And more than 105,000 people received food through other programs in the OFB Network.
We have a goal of donating 100lbs of food, and reaching that goal is going to take your help. I am asking our clients, fellow wedding vendors, friends and family to donate what they can. You can drop off donations at our office: 2552 NW Vaughn St. Suite E. PDX 97210 Monday - Friday from 10:00am-5:00pm.
We will keep you updated on our progress through social media. We have 19 days left in our food drive. I know we can do this!
If you have questions, please dont hesitate to ask. And thank you for all you do. I am excited to show the Food Bank how much #OregonCares.