Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon 2013-07

July 20, 2013 at 5:42 am Leave a comment

Federal update: House passed Farm Bill without SNAP
Last week, the House voted to split the farm bill, separating agriculture from the nutrition title, passing only the agricultural portion. For the first time since 1973, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – formerly know as food stamps) was excluded, leaving out more than 50 million Americans (and 800,000 Oregonians) who rely on food assistance to feed their families.
Many people are concerned this separation will lead to deeper cuts in SNAP and a redesign of the program that will increase hunger across the U.S. Read an editorial in the Portland Tribune by Nancy Weed, SNAP Outreach Manager, describing the benefits of SNAP as it is currently designed.
The majority of Oregon’s House members opposed this move, as did many other members of the House. See how your representative voted. The House farm bill now moves to the Senate conference committee. Several Senators, including Sen. Wyden, sent a letter to Senate leadership expressing their concerns over the farm bill split.
Take action:

  • Please thank Oregon representatives who voted “no” to split SNAP from the farm bill. (find your legislator)
  • Reach out to Oregon Sen. Wyden and Sen. Merkley to share your concerns about the split farm bill and the impact on Oregonians struggling with hunger.

Message: Congress needs to pass a farm bill that protects SNAP from cuts that would reduce or eliminate food assistance for families who need help.

Oregon legislature: It’s a wrap! 
In case you missed it, the Oregon legislature concluded on July 2013. It was a nail-biter at the end, but we pulled through with a number of successes for anti-hunger programs. Read our Wrap-up report.

Volunteer to help end hunger in Oregon!
This summer, we have a variety of fun and fulfilling volunteer opportunitiesand we’d love your help –

  • Hosting a house party
  • Screening the documentary, A Place at the Table
  • Promoting PHFO at Street Fairs
  • Researching hunger in the news
  • Promoting us through social media
  • Helping out at one of our biggest events of the year, Feast Portland!

It’s a blast to volunteer at Feast Portland, plus we’re a beneficiary. Part of your volunteer experience will include a free pass to enjoy part of the event. Learn more and register to volunteer at Feast Portland today.


We’d love to meet you and talk about how you can get involved! Please join us for a volunteer party this summer!

Summer meals – in a neighborhood near you! 
This year, PHFO’s summer food support mini-grants helped launch many new meal sites, and provide continued support for established sites across the state.

Between Summer Food Kick-off celebrations and site visits, we have been able to see all the hard work (and money) pay off: all across Oregon, kids are eating nutritious meals, every day. 
We want to share these stories with you, so we will be highlighting summer food sites in our e-news all season long. You’ll read about families who depend on summer meals, volunteers who have built their own programs from the ground up, thoughts from our legislators and community leaders, and what kinds of foods are on the menu.
This issue, read about a kick-off party in Toledo, and a new site at Rockwood Library – the first ever Multnomah County Library branch to offer a summer food program!
Stay tuned for a story about a summer food site near you! And in the meantime, find a meal site at

Patti accepted to American Leadership Forum
This month, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon’s Executive Director, Patti Whitney-Wise begins a new leadership journey with Class 28 of the American Leadership Forum of Oregon (ALF). ALF is a national program with a very active chapter in Oregon dedicated to strengthening leaders in order to better serve the public good. Congratulations Patti!

Feast Portland ticket winner!

Many thanks and much appreciation go toward our donors for supporting our work by donating time, funds and good ideas. With your support we were able to reach our donation goal and end the year on solid financial footing.


We have a winner!

As part of our appreciation, we entered all of the spring campaign donors in a drawing for a pair of tickets to Feast Portland on Sept. 19-22, a world-class event that celebrates Oregon’s agricultural bounty and our chefs and artisans. We are happy to say that Lauren Morr was the lucky winner!


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