The V2 Crew was proud to volunteer our time this last week at one of our favorite non-profit organizations – The Oregon Food Bank. V2 believes this is a very important cause because Oregon in particular is a very hungry state where roughly one in six people are food insecure, meaning they do not know where their next meal is coming from. In fact, the OFB states “ 270,000 people per month eat meals from emergency food boxes, which is about half of Portland’s population, and of those, 92,000 are children. Since the beginning of the Great Recession of 2008, emergency food distribution has increased by 41 percent.”
The Oregon Food Bank provides emergency meals to those in need by using a grass roots or community approach – they rely heavily on local volunteers, partnerships and donors to provide nutritious meals to people in Oregon and SW Washington. They are one of the most innovative Food Banks out there with their Fresh Alliance Program, which provides perishable food like meat, dairy and produce to the hungry. According to OFB, “Since it’s inception, the program has kept 16 million pounds of food from being wasted and has become a national model.”
This quarter, V2 decided we wanted to give back to our community by helping a cause that means a lot to us. That is why we decided to volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank. We learned during our volunteer work that 270,000 people per month eat meals from emergency food boxes. It was an eye opening experience to learn how many people in Multnomah and Clark County would go hungry without organizations like the Oregon Food Bank. The food bank relies heavily on help from their volunteers to get the food out to the food banks for people to be able to pick up. In 2013, volunteer hours at the food bank were equal to 74 full time employees, valued at $2.4 million dollars.