FEAST


Oregon Food Bank’s Food, Education, Agriculture, Solutions Together (FEAST) is a community organizing process that brings people together to build more just and resilient local food systems through community conversations and project implementation. 

FEAST Goals

  • Organize and move communities into action towards more just and resilient food systems.
  • Build food security through community identified and implemented solutions.
  • Improve access to nutrient dense local foods for all community members.
  • Incorporate advocacy, community organizing, and political education into FEAST Leadership Team support and community conversations.

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OFB Community Food Systems Newsletter

An e-newsletter for community food systems advocates across the state. If you’ve participated in FEAST and/or want to connect with other communities, this is for you. Join to learn about upcoming events, job openings, and funding opportunities.

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Oregon Food Bank supports community members interested in planning a FEAST event. 

See below for the steps usually involved in FEAST. 

Scroll down for information on funding available through Oregon Food Bank.

STEP1: PLANNING

We provide a FEAST Organizing Manual and attend planning meetings with the FEAST Leadership Team. The Leadership Team is responsible for planning dates, times, and the most responsive way to get community input.

STEP 2: ORGANIZING

The FEAST event offers the critically important organizing work that is required for a community to be set up to follow through with food systems improvements. Outreach is key to a successful FEAST event! OFB can support with FEAST agendas, action planning, facilitation, and follow up.

STEP3: DEVELOPING

FEAST strategic planning and follow-up events help communities better hone their action plans and begin the important process of prioritization.

STEP 4: SUSTAINING

By focusing on community-derived ideas for food systems improvements, coaching community members to implement improvements themselves and encouraging the deeper dive to create more sophisticated food systems projects, communities are set up to sustain these efforts for the long-term.

FEAST Support Fund

Oregon Food Bank's FEAST Support Fund (FSF) is a grant program to support local leadership teams as they plan and hold FEAST conversations in their community. 

The FSF will provide grantee communities with outreach and organizing support, the FEAST conversation agenda, event facilitation, technical assistance, training opportunities and a mini-grant of up to $5,000 for project implementation.

Grantee Eligibility

You must have a team of at least three people to apply to FEAST. Open to communities in Oregon and Clark County, Washington with access to a 501c3 or fiscal sponsorship. Preference will be given to Black, Indigenous, and communities of color, immigrant and refugee communities, LGBTQ+ communities, and rural communities, which have not hosted a FEAST event within the last two years.

Grant Award

Grants up to $5,000 will be awarded for FEAST event(s) and the subsequent projects identified through FEAST conversations.  This may include material or infrastructure costs, contract services and event expenses. Communities may receive up to $2,000 in additional funding for FEAST leadership team member support/participation. Oregon Food Bank will supply additional funds for translation and interpretation as needed. Funding cannot be used to fund existing projects. If you have questions, please contact Adriana (she/her) (acvitkovic@oregonfoodbank.org or 971-223-3359).

Grant Deliverables:

  • Leadership Team participation in scheduled OFB-led FEAST workshops. Dates TBD.
  • FEAST event(s), accessible to the community.
  • Mid-term grant report with budget & final grant report with tracked expenses.
  • Quarterly check-ins.
  • Food system project(s).



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