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Thank you from Here Together & Honoring Memorial Day
Thanks to everyone who voted, supported, and advocated for the Here Together homeless services bond, which passed on Election Day! We look forward to all the support this will bring to our community!
A message from our Director of Equity, People and Culture, Rut Martinez-Alicea:
On Monday many will observe Memorial Day in honor of fallen soldiers in wars since the end of the Civil War. At Oregon Food Bank, our equity values commit us to hold multiple truths, even if seemingly contradicting, all at the same time.
Therefore, we hold, observe and honor the brave individuals who fought and fell for their own and collective convictions at the same time that we refuse to let parts of our collective history be erased. Let us then make visible and honor part of the story of Memorial Day that has been made invisible to many. Please see below information on the leadership and contributions of Black Americans in creating the original Memorial Day.
Your Regional Network Team,
Pandemic EBT Updates and Materials!
We have created 3 new infographics that can be shared out with families in a more visual format. There is a short image
that can be included in social media, a one-pager
, and a more in-depth two page infographic
Second, we received updated guidance that the P-EBT benefit is available for children enrolled in a K-12 school, school-based preschool, or school based Headstart that normally participate in the National School Lunch Program.
In addition, the timeline for when P-EBT will be distributed to families has changed slightly - SNAP households will see P-EBT benefits added to their cards on the same day they receive their normal SNAP June distribution. For all other households, P-EBT benefits will be distributed throughout June and July. Please see the FAQ
that reflects this change and circulate the updated copy to your networks.
You can download each material individually or find all the materials by language in one zip folder (available at the bottom of the webpage). The toolkit includes the FAQ sheet, a multilingual printable for food distribution sites to include in boxes and lunches, visual infographics, a template letter, robocall script, and social media messaging.
Farmers to Families Food Boxes
Last week we shared an overview of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program (FFFBP) and now that it has launched, we have more details to share.
The two distributors awarded contracts in this area are Alpenrose Dairy and Pacific Coast Fruit Company. Alpenrose will provide milk, and Pacific Coast Fruit will provide 3 types of pre-packed boxes - produce only, dairy, and mixed (produce, dairy and some meat).
OFB has received our first shipments of boxes, which are available for PAs to order on POL (Primarius Online - the website you place your orders from). As of today, we only have produce and dairy boxes, but keep checking back for the mixed boxes. They are listed under the item description "CFAP - Produce" or "CFAP - Dairy." (CFAP was the original acronym for Covid Food Assistance Program.) There is no limit to the number of boxes you can order.
Questions about ordering? Please reach out to Christina
Questions about food safety or intake? Josh
from Compliance are your folks.
Other questions? Now you can email your RND - Courtney
Trimet Changes and Survey: Can you distribute masks to your clients?
A message from Trimet: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority have outlined requirements for transit agencies as part of the framework for ‘Reopening Oregon’ in the age of COVID-19. With the guidance of the governor and health authorities, TriMet is making preparations and taking new action to increase the safety of our riders and employees, while supporting the overall health of our community.
Starting Wednesday May 20, 2020, riders are required to use face coverings (scares, bandanas, fabric) when using transit. TriMet understands that not everyone in our community has access to face coverings, so we will be installing disposable face mask dispensers on our buses and trains. Staff at the TriMet Ticket Office at Pioneer Courthouse Square will also provide a rider with a disposable face covering if they need one. In addition, TriMet is also working to distribute a limited amount of face covering to community-based organizations that serve system riders.
In order to coordinate the distribution of these face coverings, we are asking our community partners that serve transit dependent riders to complete this survey
ASAP. Again, please complete the survey here
. Organizations that are open and serving riders in person and have the capacity to distribute masks are encouraged to complete this survey.
About this Event
Examining how food programs can integrate trauma informed principles into physical program spaces during COVID-19 and beyond
Friday, June 19th, 2-4pm
The way we experience a space matters. Creating spaces that are welcoming, calming, and affirming can positively impact how safe clients and communities feel at your program. Drawing on research in trauma informed design from The University of Michigan, and the work of SAMHSA’s Trauma and Justice Strategic Initiative, we’ll breakdown some design elements of a space, and workshop ways to incorporate trauma informed principles into each element of a space. We'll also discuss what client and community engagement looks like while social distancing and following the CDC recommended protocols.
A Zoom link will be emailed out to all attendees by 12pm the day of the workshop..
This workshop will be an interactive, peer learning space with breakout groups, and group discussion. All activities and discussions are optional, but your participation, and perspectives are greatly appreciated.
Please let us know how we can best meet your accessibility needs; we realize the many limitations to online workshops, and hope to make them as accessible as possible..
- Are you in need of additional volunteer support? Oregon Food Bank is offering to pair our available volunteers with partners in the Metro area.These requests can be ongoing or one time opportunities. Please fill out this form to make a request and an OFB staff member will follow up with you!
- Updates to hours/operations: What service are you offering and when next week? Please fill out our form again to let us know of what your hours are/will be and any changes to the type of service you're able to offer. Click here to fill out the form.
- Agency Contact Info Center - This is where you can check to see that we have all the correct contact information for your program, and update it as staffing changes and volunteers rotate in/out. If we can't contact you, we can't help you!
- All other announcements, updates, dock changes, etc are located on our main Coronavirus page, here.
Most importantly, thank you for your continued work and dedication in this uncertain moment. Whether your site is remaining open or has closed, we know neither is a decision you've taken lightly. We're in this together, and together we know we will all Emerge Stronger!