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Oregon Food Bank 112617

Nov 20, 2017|

AN INTERVIEW MYRNA JENSEN, PUBLIC RELATIONS WITH OREGON FOOD BANK, ABOUT THE WORK THEY DO GETTING FOOD OUT TO PEOPLE IN NEED.

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This is meant Costco and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program. I'm hearing blocks we are in the thick of the holiday season now if you're thinking you wanna make somebody else's holiday a little bit better how about helping out the for a good food bank. On the show this time I would like to welcome Myrna Jansen Myrna is public relations with the Oregon food bank Qaeda Murdoch. There. Well how's it going at the organ food bank it's a busy time of year for you guys. Yes you know our busiest time of year he has November just. People ask you know it's become the to the news and people remember is that it's you know now's the time to get an innocent people are taking advantage of those tax credits that are attacks. Deductions that they might get through the day you make other decisions at the end of the year and that they had every department hearing fairly busy death. Did you get a samba a brief history of yurigan food bank went to the start. You know we. Started back in eighty firm and so what what happens is if that actually several groups over time came together to form Oregon paid bank there were several different groups operating independently of each other and over time they fully merged and we became poor again paid bank and now how are structured is amp. We have seen network of food banks so. There are regional seed banks that 21 of them across the state of Oregon in cart Kenny Washington and we worked together to help people who are struggling with hunger here in or again. So they're all independent title and C threes. But what it allowed us to do is really efficiently and effectively distribute food we can work together we can source. Food for a manufactured here in the Portland area. While our friends scanning Eugene can also do the same with some of the big manufacturers down Marion. For the growers many of those and we can you know we can basically flat footed. The bill. It's truly a very it's it's a unique system not a lot of seats I heard him do it the way we do a few. I regions kind of replicated but tell me it's very unique time we are. One of those organizations but you know forget out big bank conference everybody for oh school year from Macquarie can fit bank and they wanna know how he ran things cents. Stuff kind of flattering that we're doing things differently and and that we're kind of held a hiker high regard by our colleagues in another place. The speaker Lorena so awesome right well I'm not about race I totally. So I was wondering do do your donations and food come from other sources besides individual donations. Yes actually armed. You know most of our food time comes from other sources Lee at work I'll win it manufactures and growers. Q source. Whether it be found donations. Fresh pro lose to or things that are actually manufactured here in the states. Or it could be that we're getting we're purchasing food in ball. Feel really good donations. The food drive that that people love to do it we appreciate bill is still very much especially smaller communities on around Oregon really appreciate that he tried that. For her out here in Portland area that really only accounts for about 4% of the food that we gaps. Com we also use the donations that we received two purchase food to transport food to where it needs to go into. You know that's one thing people think about. Food donations but. Sometimes. They don't see the whole picture that we have to actually move the food from point eight appoint the eyes and says that's like cash donations there's so helpful. I'm cannot only ask but any of our regional they think because you know we pay for the gaffe that goes in the truck actually pay for the employees who work there. When I would personally I think it would donation anything but a lot of people are donating nonperishable canned goods right. But they'll a lot of the food is fresh. Yeah you know we can't a lot of food friends directly from grammar is in fact just this last. Leak or so ago we got a big load of cauliflower in from occurring down. The I five corridor in between here in Salem and that you know we get a regular donation of apples and onions from growers and over in eastern orient. Along the Columbia gorge I should say. So you know both your regular fresh donations come because I think that our clients really appreciate having fresh data and you know it's one of those things that can be expensive at the door. On and it's it's something that that they came utilized and they can make meal with those whole foods spinach fresh foods that come. You know especially in the middle of winter will we help create those kind of things. Yes it's a good time to stock up on on some fresh stuff if yes. It's a murderer let me ask you who's who needs food assistance right now. You know one thing that we can fanned. Is that people in need of food assistance. Everywhere people people needed everywhere I found it could be your neighbor. Aramaic could be the lady that you you know eight to cashier at the Hershey sort. It could be. Yet apparent that the mommy your school. Single mom on its working he only had that are in need of food assistance and what we have seen and of course has been in the news is. The cost of housing crisis he really does increase. To the point where some people can barely cover rent and utilities and they'll. For finding time what we have been seeing over the laughed and the number of years is that to they. They're turning to food banks to supplement. You know they may not qualify for some of that federal assistance programs like snap. The food assistance programs to settle where they may the other kids might not qualify for her. Com school school lunch programs because they make just a little bit more than that cut off help. Don't feel once currently we are seeing in needed food assistance and you know really you just don't know what is going on in someone's life baby feel ashamed to share it to. You know they may look like they have an altogether. But. You know if you were to go into their house to look at their fridge they may have very little there because it's pretty easy to mask. You know people. People they you know they know they need to keep a roof over their head. And they'll cut back on and on the future of their eating and you know one of the other things that recently the USDA came out with their annual statistics about. Food insecurity. Which some people. Which is kind of hunger. That means you know not having access. A consistent acceptance period. Armed people who are hungry a lot of times. They aren't getting a very good variety of fruit I think it's gone from being mean be eating they may be the eating. You know Ron men and boxed Mac and cheese and whatever they can find on sale at this store. So they're not having access they don't have access to a really good balanced diet healthy diet that they need ten. And effectively work to play. That you get out there and be a really strong. Contributing member of society. If you're not getting the nutrition you need that's a real real setback. It is you know and especially with the children and people with disabilities and seniors around. You know the especially in our senior community there's a lot of folks who are not getting the nutrition may need and push kids and we we see an and we certainly want some of the things that we talk a lot about is. How kids in need to have access to proper nutrition though that when they're in school. I'm they can pay attention in class Aaron is that they can can play with their friends. And good nutrition. Means that there's going to be fewer behavioral problems in the classroom and I you know teachers tell this to say that to all the time. That they can point out what students they know may not be getting an have to eat home because there's balance to our. Who are squarely you know more more squarely in class or. You know I get to trouble and done this welter relates to one of the programs that we work that we have put together and we work with clinics around. They each. On to screen for food insecurity because. It can mask itself in kids. As today ADHD. Can. Trigger. You know chronic illnesses. I'm really to really didn't important it's really been very good to have our health care providers. Being able has asked a couple. Questions to their clients that I like to have you ever worried about where your next move gonna come from you know do you feel you're eating a balanced diet. And then bill of health care provider can then pulling their patients Q. On food programs or food pantries in the area or. You know other support systems so that they are getting static quick food nutrition and can live better lives than you know than our health care costs go down. It's great to have those advocates and and experts on the field identifying those problems. Oh yeah it's been you know and I know that the the American academy of pediatrics has also come out and supported this this type of the program and they have. I asked their pediatricians nationwide and I believe that the American Medical Association has health fail. Un endorsed this type of program to try and help people in nipped that problem with this food insecurity can nip it in the so that we can. You know and not to be putting a lot of money into health care. We're talking today with a morning Jensen with the organ food bank and don't murder are part of the lions getting any shorter is anything it is getting better the economy is rebounding is getting better. You know we have seen. Some a little bit. Just the splitter and as our in mind that people are people needing food assistance go down. You know from the and the towns we hear it or again didn't fear real bomb in her people needing food assistance until a couple of years after. The Great Recession. What we feel might happen if a lot of people use their savings they used their other resources and then they started meeting and they when they head. Run out of those options became electrocuted percent to RP entries so we're down a little bit. However what we are seeing is that there's a lot of people. Com if she knew Ari needing assistance more often. I'm so there is being a widening gap between. The people who are recovering and the people who are not we're really seeing people who may be used to come. 34 times a year now coming more than six times stiffed CP entry. On and in some cases. Humility. If they're just really struggling because there there ranked keep scaling up their utilities keep going up or they're not working at a job. They're holding multiple jobs and just not making enough to have Anthony. Because the wages are low felt. On you know beat the unemployment rate is down. Wayne Lee we see that but you know we have to also look deeper at those numbers to see what kind of job are those and are the actual jobs that people can support themselves. On their families and you know have a roof over their head. And I'd be able to meet all of their you know financial obligations. And if they've already worked themselves into debt because they struggled for such a long time. Then you know they're trying to pay back those stats they're trying to pay back the credit card bills or the medical bills that has been sitting on the back burner and done. You know so that that's really struggle and that's where we come in to help because we know that people are connect. Come telephony need help. And next. You know when they can give back they will we feel that we should be get notre people all the time saying you know you guys help me in a rough time. And I think they're better now though here's five dollars you know. I know it's not much that. I I will do what I can't help you out because you were there for me so. Well there's such great stories and and we really love you know hearing back from the people that have been helped by FM have been lifted up. Time and been able to get back on their feet. That is so Greg is every little bit helps it's amazing how. Does that mean for at free you know even. You know even five dollar scuttle away five dollars gets gets a sellout just can't arm has fifteen Neal. You know and so that means ten dollars to provide thirty million else. So you're providing meals earned her family is for children for seniors for people with disabilities. And it it's hardly it cost her anything and part of that is just because we have the bulk purchasing power ten. If we need to purchase food more if we need to facilitate that donation and coordinated. Unit transportation which is sometimes we do. Then we have those funds to deal that. Terror and we are able to bring Mac comfortably down verses acts. You know going to cost skeleton and buying. Can't get saying yes. We just have this her to think Paris tunnel like this that there warehouses like Costco and steroids. The Nobel you've definitely got the power the purchasing power. The somebody is in need of food assistance how did they find network and they go. Will we tried this tried to make things really easy for fed and we know so many people have access to a computer Smartphone and you know if they don't we know that the libraries are available or maybe they have a friend who can help them out but on our web site or against the bank. Dot org there is a button that says find help. And without will take UTU. A list of things that you may need help with including Canada food finder until all you have to do if I in New York. Area code and it will give you a list of the PP entries that are open. And telling you win their open and what kind of services they provide in some cases. It may be that armed their heights where there's just fresh produce distribute that are primarily fresh produce in some cases they take. I pantry. That offers you know all the year ears staple your fresh produce everything and I'm Kiffin that the meal site so you know where you can go to get a hot meal. Com or you they have a community meal that happens every couple of you know every week her every couple of days contempt can help. It's pretty easy you know and of course we always you know we do get phone calls as well so we are always willing to answer the phone and help people get connected to the place that closest and most acceptable to them. Tell me about that that process of and the experience of of getting assistant because it's kind of like a shopping. Experience right. Yeah that yeah you know that if I come one that we has I have worked on that term. Consistently and and over the past probably had years or so is to change how people experience the food pantry and you know it's tough for a lot of people a lot of our the people that we've talked to over the years. If you know they say they just they put off going to think pantry for a long time it's it has you know in its database feel like they're losing your dignity when they have to tell because you know nobody wants to be out there and you know not being able to separate themselves that's that's something that we've been instilled enough and in the United States especially in our culture here. If they'll we have changed our pantries frowned just handing out boxes of food. Term and you don't get any choice. Q being able to go through a pantry like a little mini shopping. You know I wish shopping experience and you know some little guy he's your hair they look at the number of people in your household. And they say OK you know from the shelf peer of all these great canned vegetables. And you know you can pick cure three cans. From this for over here where there's after the loops you can pick one or two. I'm still really we have have allowed them the choice you know because we know so many people and also because many people have some dietary restrictions or. If they have a chronic illness. There's certain things that they need to stay away from so. You know if they have some choice that they can choose what. What they like with their families like we know that they're gonna eat it and they're gonna get. You know components for building a meal. That is something that's really important and apple at a time that the pantries and they offer additional. Connection Shareef sources we know that many of the pantries. Come and help provide clothing or furniture or. You know they do that that's separate from or it's good bank but they they are there to really help on the people that needed motion and to see what they can do to make. A make life better. And I would imagine a mix of but there's a lot less waste in that now we are doing things. Oh most definitely a lot less weight because you know if you. Do not like Lima beans and you get three candle and beans. You're no doubt that there's little. Luckily I mean you know I just to plant into they're really not my favorite. Steeple hill loved that I know lots of people who love them so I. You know it's it silly it is it's it's giving you a chance to achieve. What you know you're going to eat what you prefer inch. Sometimes we even has to come we're able to of the pantry had a slight case packed. Like they used an ingredient that they got a whole bunch of and they train and they come up with ways to prepare for that. I'm people who are visiting who may not have tried it or who may have tried it that you don't like it. Can try it in different way. Moral and being souffle and imovie are rotten and didn't but actually. Couple let's talk now about how our listeners can help out this holiday season. Yes I I am just you know we we love hearing from people this holiday season and we love that people remember us this holiday season and then. You know I think the biggest one is I'm coming out on an am November 28 page giving Tuesday and that is. That is that growing movement that have been. You know gaining speed over the last. Five years or so I think and on what we are doing this year is we have the matching gift that Delta Airlines is providing. And I feel for people can make you get to us on giving Tuesday. If they make you get that 25 dollars or more it will be matched by Delta Air Lines and that's up to let a maximum of 151000 dollars. By you know giving Tuesday is just a great way in Q. Can remember. Those organizations. That you care about and that you know you've gone out on Black Friday are you shopped online. Or you've got out you know you shopped online on. I'm into I'm Cyber Monday maybe did them. Some shopping on small business Saturday some of those things and used the money still without monies saved you could turn around and make a donation. You know left ten dollars or twenty dollars or of thirty dollars. And provide meals here neighbors who are needing it and if you make a donation of 25 or more Delta Airlines on that day will. Will match your donation though. That's something that's just really excited it exciting for us this is the first year that we've been able to do this hunt so we are are just thrilled that I'm giving two days coming up but. You know beyond that there's. You know we always well command monetary donations really are great but we know a lot of people also like to give. Can't did we know that that might be a teachable moment for their children or their hand me or you know their organization. So they wanna do that I'm we would love it if they look on our web site to come if they would go to. Oriented think dot org and back our flash most wanted. And then if you list of foods that we need them most prefer her though things that are pretty basic you know oil and flour and popped dead and right. And really what allowed someone to make a meal. I'm so those things are what we hope people will donate just this holiday season and you know I know that. One of the biggest things that people like to do is give back during the holiday feeling to come in and volunteers. And that you know be a fill up pretty quickly during the holiday seasons fur is the holiday season for volunteers. Kelly might still be able to pitch in wonder cues but it's big groups those spots those spots gets snatched up really quick Q. Kill if you go tour web site and you find that you just can't you know you can't fit it and or maybe you're like oh I'm overwhelmed. I just don't have. Have high name to go in volunteer but I would really like to you can actually. Scheduling yourself to volunteer in the new year we would love to have you come out in January and February then. It you know a little it's a little crowded and but we still major. So you know you can you can pre make that appointment right now and you can check that off your list of stuff to do this holiday season and I give us that I know you look. And come in you know the end of January and helpless. Package so so Larry you know read pac ten soup or you know. Put those parent than the bags. With your family in and you know you're a little less stressed at that point in time this. I can tell them tell you from firsthand experience that it's super fun we volunteered to the radio station when volunteer to puree in food bank. And we shocked corn all day and put them in freezer bags and it was so we have such a good time. Yeah it's really great experience for people to get tips and meet new people to get to know people better. You know leave that its staff we sometimes turn out there they need additional help for. For projects when I'm done that with my daughter is while in any week kits again you fix it isn't really an all inclusive. And thank her for people can't come in and take in inch you know they can organizes a small group to come out and do it in the near an afterwards you go out for dinner you know or urge. You know when a normal population since Friday afternoon entered corporate donor effort corporate groups because you know they get them by 3 o'clock in. You know they go out and enjoy themselves. Yeah. Casual Friday at the organ food banks and be back on itself they ask you though it looked looked opening here we would think Jack strain out fifth at. Well the last couple minutes we have Cameron let's talk about so where people confined assistance if they need it. Yes and you know it is in its. It's something that that we know many people are in need of help they want to cabinet dare they they want that to make sure that then they have fit for their family and especially daring in the holidays and it's something that. Then a lot of people want to actually be able to to provide for their families so. If anybody is in need of help on that you know we want them to go to organ keybank dot org and click on her kind help button. And it's on the menu at the top and they can lock themselves through they can find a place that's close to them. Parent that has stated that their domination get a win there and grab those those items that they need that they can prepare that holiday meal. I'm also if for some reason they need to. Contact Aaron because they don't have access to a computer ready you know are readily able to access a computer or. And then calling me number which is by those three. 2820555. And one mouth our staff here will be happy to helped locate a location that will fit their needs. So it's it's really easy. And we just want people to feel welcome hump that. We all of our pantries are very welcoming they want to help people aren't they really strive to get the best customer service because. I'm you know. People he needs food assistance they are customary and we treat them that way around we want them to be happy when they leave we want them to feel satisfied and nourished. And that there is. I'm the group out there that cares for them because sometimes it can be really lonely when you're struggling hunch and it may be something that you just don't wanna tell a lot of people they're struggling cell. That they pantries really aimed to have great customer service. The organ to make is always doing great stuff. Figure in the holidays better for everybody. Well thank you and I just really appreciate this opportunity and that's you know we we look forward it to hearing from so many people. You know this holiday season and wanna make sure that they spread to get worried and you know remember action there and get your donations. Myrna Jansen public relations with the Oregon food bank thanks for being on match Costco. Mitchell's bill is an Entercom radio Portland public affairs program I'm Gary blocks of if you're involved with the nonprofit or public affairs organization or do you have an idea for an upcoming show I'd like to hear from you. Visit microscope PDX dot com and submit your ideas you can also go to the station's website and submit your information there. Thanks for listening to metals go and enjoy the rest of your weekend.