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Oregon Food Bank 11.23.14

Nov 19, 2014|

AN INTERVIEW WITH TARA TAYLOR WITH THE OREGON FOOD BANK ABOUT WHAT THEY DO, HOW THEY DISTRIBUTE FOOD TO THOSE IN NEED, AND HOW THE PUBLIC CAN HELP.

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Yeah this is microscope. And Entercom radio Portland public affairs program under a block some in this among microscope we're going to be talking with the Oregon food bank and the need this time of year and the need for the organ food bank throughout the year. And I'd like to welcome Tara Taylor associate director of community engagement with the Oregon food banks in microscope either Tara. Hello how are you are doing just fine so it's it's the time of year when people feel like giving. In the organ to a bank I'm assuming is accepting. Yes he will accept com. But the financial contributions. Donations of food as well as time and talents show on what we accept that your. Gets in many ways that's. So how would give me ill little de idea give our listening audience and I deal multi organ food bank has. Happily or who think it's really liked it and statewide network of 21 regional food banks. The support 950. Hunger relief agencies. I imagine like Hopkins spoke of and pump organ food bank has been supporting. Individuals and families in need for over thirty years. So people are actually quite surprised to find out that it's bigger than they think and that also Bjork and food bank. Does not gets food directly to individuals and families. We. And that's food out to partner and two regional food banks and those regional food banks in turn support. Agencies that provide. Hunger relief for individuals. That is something I didn't know and perhaps in an hour listening audience to know that too. Right yeah yeah I was not fully didn't fully grasped that. Until he started to work in the food thinking myself. Helen you've been with the organ to back aren't winning and going on a year and a half. And what sort of the eye opening experiences that he had. Well what strikes me is how profound that they needed there's about one. On average about one in five individuals struggle with hunger and so when you think about that that's not to somebody else that's. That's your neighbors and I think you go into a restaurant tip might be. The person assertion that suited might be someone that the dry cleaners that you know it's just. It's all around us and it's. It's not readily apparent because it. You know one of things have learned here's the most people who are accessing food are working. And they are reluctant to access Circuit City. And if so it's it's been eye opening to see just the death and as a lead and all the told learned that. There. With the are changing economy. Is that you have a couple Hortons individuals. They contain we need to access services. Because they're just not earning enough even though they are working full time. Second of the working poor scenario. Yeah now that the door the working poor I mean you have folks to the sort of come in and out who need they need to access to communications. And then you have folks who are who are working poor. And that's been really eye opening because they are working hard. I think the other thing which has been. I really invigorating to learn it would organ through bank is committed to propriety. Fresh and healthy foods forward. For families and individuals. As an organization organ to think it's really really on the cutting edge nationally. In terms of how they're addressing hunger. You know one of the things that. Com or into the bank encourages with both our top partner. When her arms regional food banks to partner agencies are chomping paternal pantries. And that's where individuals who need access to actually come into accrue interest course types types caddie and collect what they need. Instead of just being given you know a one size fits all box. And what's great for that is that people have. You don't have a choice they buy well they don't by that they select what this may be appropriate culturally. Or for their dietary needs and also with their family wants instead of just being given here's something that people mayor Mina the. That's an interesting concept. Yet it it you know it is it's really. I mean also have some. Two choices. And some odd dignity to. When you have to access services but at least people have to. On the gun control that they are making. It's good selections for the family so it's it's all it's all good. He is more concerned think you know they really try to honor. We do our best to honor the the individual. And to not attached any stigma to access and services. Because if you think about it at one in five people. Need assistance it's come time that's the huge segment of the population. And what we find too is that people who at one point in her life may access services. May come back and volunteer and then help others. So. We want people to get the assistance they need because such as mixed communities healthier and it makes Stanley stronger. If someone wanted to make a donation to the organ food bank IU how they do that do they come directly to your there's a lot of places to go I think right there. Look the plane to do that dope. The simplest way if you want to make com a financial contribution to go online you can go to Oregon food bank on top orgies slash donate. It's quick secure and easy. On the also if you go on online you can get our our mailing address. PO box you can donate food so. Again we refer people to go online because there are many places that so folks can go to donate food. If someone is near one of our regional pumped regional offices like our headquarters here it's 7900 northeast thirty Eric. People are certainly welcome to bring food donations can't ignore regional food bank can be pretend but we have many locations. Colonel Portland interim authority has. We're keep people can go and donate and we list all of them on her web site. What sort of food to our bar you looking for the same for your. But the most important to our high protein foods so you'd think has I think of lagoons. That's. Beans. Things like peanut butter shelf stable milk cup. Shelter stable. You know that it doubles O'Brien yes. Beans and home cooking oil. Aren't are also very important to. Fruit juices. But I think especially that the protein items are. Armed. Are what's most needed you know eat it used to be. I think that was a national study done that the most common. Thing that was contributed doing a food drive was with a can of corn. We welcome all donations. But if you're going to donate food and that's certainly an important part of it please think about high protein. You know. Peanut butter. Not binders. They tuned to come vegetables that are rich in protein. This kind of things shelf stable milk. And we have we've kind of been trained over the years to think of donating nonperishable food items but you can accept. Like you were saying shelf stable Milken produce as well. Yes but let me just. Let me just as they have been the thing about it is that something about pro this week health programs. Where folks it's if they donate Prodi's Italy donate to ruin their garden or farmers also will donate you know crops. You can bring you can bring in produce weevil sort of attack or you can donate proteins to decide but I think. On if folks when it donated this time of the year. That the best means might be. Shelf stable food. Because apprentice because of that it needs to be turned quickly. We do accept donations. A pro gives however I would excluding people. About the the longevity of that produce something like Apple's. You know loans you know that is a long lasting fruits some thing like let us not so much that the folks at B. Contributing a lot of letters at this time but here. But sometimes people they donate things out of their car like maybe it's cabbages at this time because we welcome this contributions to. But just to be mindful of when they donated produce. How quickly will it spoil. And perhaps sticking to a nonperishable food item would try to be the best thing this time of year. Right probably the best the best thing this time here. So zero selling what the clintons are I had I think what people are especially if they wanna have that has food have a food drive in their community or their family because it's. They are collecting suiting you just think of the time along the way. So status is is usually a that's it it's a great Politico and also it provides. Our our clients would. Which variety. The what are some of the ways our listeners can help out into the doing a fund raiser in their office served. Give give some ideas about that. All I'm sure owner of that that's great thanks stressed it will certainly. They can do a fundraiser in their own and they can contribute funds. We have new tools it's called a virtual fundraising drive. Where they can go long go online and they can contribute online and maybe within our office they have different teams can. Different teams can compete against one another and they concede that online. They can collect donations have you know that's. The shelf stable food and click can bring that in. They can also just you know collect monetary donations and you know male listener bring them into their office. They can sign up as group still volunteers. And specially. And getting people to volunteer in the new year. We're very fortunate to have lots of folks who want to volunteer during the holidays and our volunteer ruptures during holidays or filling up pretty quickly. But we would love to have people commit now. To volunteering in January February. Because unfortunately the need isn't as it's easier around right. Right it is your round. If this time of year people tend to think of hunger because with the harvest of Thanksgiving holidays and and sharing out the county. But hunkered doesn't go away. You know it's it's all year long infect one of the things I'm reminded have. Before this my current job anywhere I was an executive director for fiscal donations. And there's actually a heightened need. Often in homers because as well as children aren't school. There'd be many are being provided you know. The meals at school but when they're no longer in school they're not had. So I can't see that as an example of that conquers all year long not just in the home when it's the traditional dipping to turn. It's a very good point they're good thing to point out to people that yes it's wonderful to give this time of year but it's. Gosh give give all your if you can't. Right to right so we encourage people hanging volunteer in the spring ball and share in the summer. In the summer we have lots of opportunities to your re pack. Fresh pro business. We work with the grocery stores or partial alliance program. We work with farmers since I have additional. To produce and that comes in here we have we have sorted and it goes right back council we need. Volunteers all year long to helpless you know getting the food com sordid and repackaged and incentive out. We'll tell you what a couple of years back up well as a radio group we came out to the organ food bank we had to make a difference day we had a workday at the organ to bank and it was a cool. You know we did we sucked corn all day and it was so fun but the. Good to urge you you know we have groups come in and it's great to. It's sort of bonding experience like I can't think of another word at the moment but you know you can't could be office you know people and they work groups. They're a little competitions with one another take a look at bag there's a you can feel the most boxes but it's so it's great fun and we do a lot of work. Which would corporate groups to. Can come in need everybody puts on the hair nets and aprilia and only live with a volunteer coordinators are great you know they played it rock music or whatever whatever else that people really get. Get company and we couldn't do what we do without volunteers. I mean last year our volunteers contributed over a 163000. Hours of service. Can't problem with a 10% increase over the prior year. So if you look at in terms of what's that equivalent to do it 85 full time positions. And in terms of dollar values that's 3.5 million dollars that we are saving. Over not having to pay in terms of table. But so volunteers make an enormous difference. And helping this process and get the food out you know please come out and volunteer you know as often as you want we need your help. Is their volunteer information available on the website. Yes there's volunteer information available we don't need you to repackaged food. We can. We need help calm in our office we also have special offense like a national association of letter letter carriers. The single largest one day food drive what happened in May. People can help with that Khamenei and things like the waterfront blues festival which is that big annual fundraiser to benefit torque into the bank. That's wonderful. How many people does the organ food banks are. Well well look let me just looked at and before you moved up alone in terms since. It's one under fine if perhaps the only 900000. Individuals and that's not directly that's you know going through. You know. We go through regional food banks and we go to partner agencies and the host partner agencies in terms. Probably help about 900000. People in this state of origin and the clerk and the Washington. So it's it's the issue edge. It's a huge number of folks. Yeah it's very significant. Yes and it it it really an. Many people listening nursing the economy kind of turn around and and people are getting back to work and having a little bit more money. But it takes awhile to kind of trickle down to some to some other people in our community is that correct. Yes it domestic oil to trickle down you'll. See how it'll also look at the types of jobs that are being created. Are the jobs being that are out there aren't they full time. Living wage jobs. Many of the jobs that are being created. Are. Maybe they're part time day or near full time at a minimum wage or close to be this close to minimum wage so people are working. But they're not they don't have enough to make ends meet and that's so we continue to see. You also have seen years. Here's. That's a significant and I group Texas conservatives. And there are ten turns. And what people may not fully be aware of is that many of the families that are access and services. I have children and it's about 40% of the households who access. Food they have children present. It's. You add that we can't you know for me that's what makes my stomach turn. Because that children aren't standing. They can learn. And even say go to it you're in a classroom and you wonder why children may be acting now to. But they can't concentrate it's because they're hungry. So childhood hunger is challenged to. I'm a huge. It's it's not a huge problem one of the things sort of food bank is doing is that we this post here. We know we worked opened twelve. Pantries. In school locations. Because circled around and hot in communities. So my putting the pantry in the school. Stanley getting more connected with the school. And all you know it's it's. Providing for an entire family. Well that's great. Oh yeah he told some of the goals of the organ food bank has for the next five years. Oh sure sure I think what. Q and that's standout is providing. More fresh food because fresh food is really the key to building hill. This stupidity so that this shelf stable food that we were talking about a few minutes ago. That's great for a for a variety. But in fact only 4% of the food that organ food banks distributed. Is that type of food that shelf stable food it's contributed to who try to arm. Oregon food bank has made huge commitment to providing fresh healthy food to individuals. Couple other parts. Really big initiatives. Statewide education. Things like cooking matters and he can pepper. So cooking matters. How do you take you know food block or basic simple ingredients and create and nutritious meal. You know he turned South Park working with folks to if people plant. It hit exactly what it's county plant seeds whether that's you know tomatoes. Beans. You you grow food and then he used that's true test to feed yourself and your family. Home for the cure they think health care partnerships. Working with the with the doctors in the health care professionals. To screen for food insecurity. I talked about school pantry actually putting pantry in the political which are part of local communities to increase. You know more cameras access sued. But probably the biggest shift initiatives have been at the beginning if and increased emphasis stored and food bank. On route come home to work so we were known for distributing food for getting food can opener. On an emergency basis you know. But folks go to an agency. We provide them with an emergency food box to meet that need. Put Oregon food bank of success during national leader and they really want to address now what are their root causes and that goes back to. Now let's look at education. You know. Helping individuals and stretch that food dollar further troop programs accounting matters. Helping. Folks you know learn to occur you know learn to grow food do you have. You know a windowsill do you have a small plot of land where you could. Gross and Fuji yourself. The looking at things like like health care partnerships to attack. Arm. It's you know under nutrition report attrition earlier and putting families. In touch with places where they can go to access food. And then you know a cheater really that is working with providing more French food so folks stay healthier. So it's not a we're taking our and our emphasis off. Emergency food so we really want to. Increase. The amount of work in the intensity of the work we're doing in reconnaissance and an excellent. It does really telling the organ food bank is a leader of and in the nation through the amazing to hear these stories. Can't wait I am unfurled it completely are it's truly a privilege to work here but yes. Other food banks in the country looked organ to panic you know we're in economic in the country. Especially with her husband spoke and with a network of partners that we have because he when he happened. When you have a network or consume the bank is able to target. You know specific. Food to tents and services in different parts of the area. So it's not a one size fits all. Our logistical. Operations are and sophisticated Tiffany Kurdish restore so being able to earmark okay this is what Tillamook needs this is what Ontario needs this is what. They need out in Pendleton. Or they need at a news story it's very very sophisticated. And just realizing again like you said it's just not one size fits all. Right to right in the more that you can work to sort of tailored to individual market well really to community needs. The more success you're going to Huff because. It doesn't do any good to give folks. Food that they won't eat of course we wanna give them a healthy healthy choices that's absolutely essential. But we want them to do to have continued in terms of selecting their own food that that that's appropriate for them. The last little bit of time we have here let's let our listeners know once again how they can help help this the season in the. Now to wolf thank you for Purdue in a sick you know interviewing him but I would invite everyone to go to our web site or against food bank got a large sheets. And there you can. Look at Joni or give food or volunteer. It's really as simple as that whether it's your your financial resources if you want to donate food or your time. We would just love to have. Have support from the community. Because our work is only made possible. You know by all the help that we get from so many you know individuals it's really. Compounding and humbling that's how many folks. Come forward to help others in the community I mean I would look at that you know I just. I'm working on behalf of those who who trust us to do the work. And I can attest that working it you don't during a day of the organ food bank is a lot of fun. I thought we had a great. I hope I hope you come reluctant pat consulate. 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