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Hunger Awareness - Cottage Grove Sentinel
Everyone can play a role
Courtesy of Food For Lane
Envisioning a hunger-free Lane
County means we must build
partnerships across the public
and private sectors. No other
organization or individual can
do more to help put food on the
table for people in need than
our partnerships with our com-
munity and our government.
FOOD for Lane County works
with elected offi cials to share
information on the impact of
food insecurity in their com-
munities and to support policy
solutions to put our neighbors
in need on the road to healthy,
hunger-free lives.
Your voice can and will make
a difference. Help us build a
powerful movement to elim-
inate hunger in Lane County
and to advocate for programs
and policies that bring relief to
individuals and families strug-
gling to get by.
FOOD for Lane County’s hun-
ger relief efforts are focused on
providing food assistance and
increasing self-suffi ciency for
our neighbors living on limited
resources. Our mission of
alleviating hunger by creating
access to food
is accomplished
with tremendous
support from our
community and
through a variety
of innovative
programs. We
continually work
to develop pro-
grams and services
that respond to
the unique needs
of special popu-
lations, and we
work to ensure
that these services
are delivered with
respect and com-
The entire food
banking system is
built on partner-
ships and collab-
oration. While
FOOD for Lane
County adminis-
ters many of its
own programs, we
rely on our net-
work of approved partner agen-
cies to distribute the majority of
the food we collect. All FFLC
Partner Agencies are their
own, independent, non-profi t
or religious organization. Most
are staffed by volunteers and
are great places to work and
volunteer in direct service.
Current issues
Federal issues
Child Nutrition Reauthoriza-
While there are many chal-
lenges facing our country, we
need to be sure that solving the
issue of childhood hunger is a
top priority. Forty nine percent
of children enrolled in Oregon
public schools qualify for free
and reduced priced meals.
Please encourage your mem-
bers of Congress to do all that
they can to ensure all of our
nation’s children have access to
healthy, nutritious food so that
they can thrive.
State issues
Oregon Hunger Response Fund
Food banks across Oregon de-
pend on the State’s contribution
to fi ghting hunger, The Oregon
Hunger Response Fund. FOOD
for Lane County uses our
November 22, 2017
Looking to do our part in the community...
portion of this fund to help with
food drives and building our re-
lationships with grocers for the
Fresh Alliance Program. This
incredible program enables us
to offer more variety and to get
fresh, healthy foods into the
emergency food system. Please
thank and encourage your
state legislators to continue to
support the Oregon Hunger
Response Fund.
Our victories
Oregon Crop Donation Tax
Credit, 2014
In April, 2014 Governor
Kitzhaber signed the Crop
Donation Tax Credit into Law.
This bill reinstated and in-
creased a tax credit for farmers
based on the wholesale value
of surplus crops donated to
food banks and other charita-
ble institutions. Farmers can
receive a 15% tax credit based
on the wholesale value of their
donated products, and can carry
the credit forward for up to
three years.
Please help us encourage
farmers to utilize the credit, and
help bring more healthy pro-
duce to those struggling with
hunger in our community.
Affects us all
Join us in fi ghting hunger in our community.
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