Food for Lane County

Food for Lane County

Food for Lane County has received a one hundred thousand dollar grant. KLCC's Desmond O'Boyle reports an anonymous donor wanted the money to utilize local products.

Food for Lane County's Intentional Food Program works with local farmers to produce food to be distributed to hungry families. Apple Sauce, Lentils, and Barley Flakes are some of the items currently funded and produced in this manner. Dawn Marie Woodward is a spokeswoman for Food for Lane County. She says the donor heard about the Intentional Food Program and contacted the Oregon Community Foundation.  

Tiffany Eckert

Oregon continues to rank among the most "food insecure" states in the nation. Dependency on food stamps is at an all time high. According to the Children's Defense Fund, more than 315-thousand Oregon kids were eligible for free or reduced school lunches last year. So, what happens when school is out? KLCC's Tiffany Eckert looks at the problem of childhood hunger and what some agencies and school districts are doing to meet the need over the summer.

"B" Loftis has been feeding school kids for 27 years.

Food For Lane County

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.

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:

Super Bowl Sunday ranks second among holidays for food consumption in the U.S. On Saturday, February 1, the Eugene Disc Golf Club is holding its Third Annual “Ice Bowl” to raise money for Food for Lane County.

Kansas City hosted the first Ice Bowl in 1987. Since then, the charity event has spread to all 50 states and several other countries. Coordinator Jim Johnson says unlike golf, disc golf can be played anytime of the year.

Reality Kitchen creates community for intellectually and developmentally disabled young adults in Lane County, including job training, as well as creating other community-building events and programs. Reality Kitchen recently moved locations, opened a food cart, formed a partnership with Food for Lane County, and has begun to host their Acoustic Reality open mic sessions in their new location. Jim Evangelista, director of Reality Kitchen, and Acoustic Reality host Carl Falsgraf visited KLCC to speak with Eric Alan.