Disasters & Accidents
12:10 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Generator Gives Eugene Food Bank Back-up Power

Food for Lane County in Eugene is installing a generator Monday. The food bank will be the only one in the state with backup power in case of a large-scale disaster.

New Food For Lane County generator is lowered into place.
Credit Food For Lane County

Food for Lane County stores about a half million pounds of food in its Eugene warehouse -- about half of it is perishable. The generator will prevent massive food loss and spoilage if there's a power outage.

Dawn Marie Woodward is with Food For Lane County:

Not only can we have the ability to take care of our own county, but we are the only food bank in the state right now that will have a back-up generator and because of our placement on I-5, we will be able to serve some statewide needs as well."

The $178 thousand dollar is paid for by donations and grants, including the Michael D. Horowitz Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. Horowitz was a Churchill High teacher who established the fund to provide food, shelter and clothing to the needy and homeless in Eugene and Springfield.