There’s nothing like summer in the Pacific Northwest. Long days, warm weather and stunning landscapes invite outdoor adventures, family fun and relaxation. However, for many members of our community, food insecurity casts a shadow over the sunny season. In fact, one in seven individuals and one in five children in Oregon struggle with not having enough to eat.
This summer, OnPoint members can support Oregon Food Bank’s mission to eliminate hunger and its root causes by participating in our Refer a Friend campaign. All through June and July, members can invite friends, family members and business associates to become new OnPoint members, with an extra bonus being directed toward Oregon Food Bank. For each person who joins, we’ll give both the current and new member $50 each and make a $50 donation to Oregon Food Bank. For every $1 donated, Oregon Food Bank will be able to provide three meals to people in our community—that’s 150 meals for each $50 donated for referring one friend to OnPoint—which makes right now a great time to tell your friends and family about your experience as an OnPoint member!
The Oregon Food Bank Network is working to make sure no one goes hungry. The Network serves 260,000 people per month. In 2019, the Network distributed nearly 95 million pounds of nutrient-dense food throughout the entire state of Oregon and Clark County, Washington. Oregon Food Bank is part of a statewide network of 21 regional food banks, working with 1,200 programs and partners that help our neighbors facing food insecurity.
Oregon Food Bank is providing food today, as well as advocating for a future where there is food for everyone, according to Lauren Zielinski, Corporate and Community Relations Officer at Oregon Food Bank.
This advocacy work includes:
- Urging lawmakers to make food a priority by investing in policies and programs that reduce hunger and build healthy communities.
- Committing to combating systems and behavior which undercut food security.
- Actively cultivating new strategies for underserved communities and seeking to engage people facing hunger in both long-term solutions and day-to-day program delivery.
The organization advances its mission through emergency food distribution, but also nutrition education, health care partnerships, advocacy and equity work. One of these programs is Cooking Matters, a cooking and nutrition education program offered to low-income communities. The six-week course provides participants with the cooking and budgeting skills necessary to increase food security and quality of life. The course taught in a hands-on kitchen environment, challenges participants to reconsider food preferences, habits, nutrition, food safety, practical shopping and meal planning.
Join the Oregon Food Bank and OnPoint as we help make the summer months brighter for the people in our community who are facing hunger. You can invite your friends here to participate in our Refer a Friend campaign. OnPoint is honored to work in partnership with exceptional organizations like the Oregon Food Bank. We believe our communities grow and thrive when we work together to support those in need. Thank you for your support!