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- You may have heard the news that Oregon Food Bank has signed a contract with the state of Oregon to spend $8 million on food for the state over the next 8 weeks! (Divided among the 20 Oregon-based Regional Food Banks, of which Metro and West are each one branch.) This will help sustain our food supply until additional food from the USDA starts coming in July. Click the video of Susannah to hear her message around this partnership and what's next. (Note the ask at the end is intended for donors - you are contributing more than we could ever ask for!)
- We are seeking multiple strategies to get food into the hands of clients. Our sourcing teams are working relentlessly to find food in a tight market. We know there may be gaps as we work to bring in more food, but please know that we are doing all we can to get more food to our partners and our clients.
- As the restaurant industry has significantly reduced their purchasing during the pandemic, more donations from restaurant suppliers have been coming in, which means more commercially packaged items. Please prepare your teams and your clients for larger sized packaging options in the coming weeks. Consider packing larger sized boxes for bigger families - include number 10 cans and larger packaged items.
Social Distancing Guidance
has all the most up-to-date information on social distancing guidelines. You'll find updates on:
- Information on social distancing officers and their responsibilities in your facility
- How to establish social distancing protocols
- Steps to take if you have a confirmed or suspected case of COVID at your site
- 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!
Here Together & EmergeStronger Listening Session
It may be hard to believe, but there's an election coming up next month!
You all see the direct impact of homelessness in our community and know funding is critical.
Oregon Food Bank endorses Measure 26-210
to support homeless services in the Metro area.
A few facts about this measure:
- Homeless was a crisis before COVID-19; 5,000-12,000 people are sleeping outside or in shelters every night; Oregon ranks #1 in the nation for unsheltered families with children
- This funding will serve those at extreme risk of experiencing homelessness, including our most vulnerable populations: people of color, seniors, children, women escaping domestic violence, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQIA+ community, and veterans.
- 26-210 will raise an estimated $250 million dollars through a tax increase of 1% of single earners making $125,000 and above a year, joint filers making $200,000 and above and businesses, making over $5,000,000 a year in revenue.
- Join us on Wednesday, 4/22 at 3pm for an online presentation from Oregon Food Bank and the HereTogether campaign. Learn how you can support and ask questions about the measure. Register here!
- You'll also have a chance to learn about OFB's #EmergeStronger campaign and how it impacts your work.
How can you help?
- Spread the word: Follow @heretogetheror and #HereTogether on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Are you in need of masks for your staff, volunteers or clients? OFB is working to source as many as we can, but you can request a donation from local makers at MakeMasks2020.org
MakeMasks is a grassroots collective seeking to provide short-term relief by mobilizing sewists, makers, and organizers to deliver hand-sewn masks to those affected by Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shortages.
Free Webinar: Fundraising During a Pandemic
Thursday, April 23rd
Join Sally Dadmun Bixy from Philanthropy Studio LLC in this online session on how to fundraise during the COVID-19 pandemic.
About this Event
Over the last couple weeks our world has changed dramatically. And our need to raise money for our missions is more important than ever. During this 90 minute online session with fundraising teacher, Sally Dadmun Bixby, we will explore these topics using examples of successful campaigns:
- How to launch a campaign during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Creating a campaign that is thoughtful and makes sense to your mission
- Tips for engaging in thoughtful conversations with donors during a time that requires great sensitivity
- Messaging and communicating with your constituents
- Involving your board and volunteers
- Planning ahead to when we return to “normal” tips for creating a development plan
*Please register as an Online Attendee and the link to join will be sent to your email address the week of April 20th. Thank you!