I’m joining the ranks of other Oregon food bloggers who are Blogging for Food to shine a spotlight on the issue of hunger in Oregon. The idea was started by the folks over at the Pacific NW Cheese Project to help the Oregon Food Bank during their downtime in donations (February 15 – March 15).
“Sadly, Oregon has joined the ranks of five other states (Mississippi, Maine, Oklahoma and Missouri) with the highest percentage of hunger (very low food security) in the nation. The latest data released from the USDA shows that between January 2006 and December 2008, almost 7% of Oregon households faced periods of time when they went hungry without being able to purchase food. This data doesn’t reflect the most recent period from 2009 to the present, where the economic downturn has increased sharply. Oregon Food Bank is the central support hub of a statewide network of more than 900 local partner agencies that serve all of Oregon, and Clark County in Washington.”
If you’re in the area and feel like getting involved, check out how to volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank or make a donation (write “blog for food” in the In Honor Of section so they know you heard about it through a blogger).