Food Insecurity

Rachael McDonald

Food For Lane County is in the final push of a $9.5 million capital campaign. They’re seeking to renovate their aging warehouse in west Eugene so they can increase capacity for food and volunteers.


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A Eugene couple who began offering free food nearly a year ago are readying to open a community café with similar goals of addressing food insecurity. They’re hoping to offer more than a meal.

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A recent report from the Oregon State University Policy Analysis Laboratory showed the pandemic has “reversed” some of the state’s efforts to decrease food insecurity. About 25% of Oregonians faced food insecurity in 2020, which is double the number of last year.

Lane County Farmers Market

According to the Oregon Food Bank, nearly 600,000 Oregonians are food insecure. This means they lack access to enough affordable and nutritious food. A program at the Lane County Farmers Market is trying to help.


FOOD For Lane County

In an effort to meet an increase in demand, FOOD for Lane County purchased a new warehouse in west Eugene, last fall. According to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture study, 14.6 percent of the county experiences food insecurity. That’s higher than the state’s 11.6 percent.

Aubrey Bulkeley

41 percent of university students struggle with food insecurity according to a report published last week by the Hope Center. This is up 5 percent from 2018. The University of Oregon began a pilot program this year called Feed the Flock to address the issue.


Eugene 4J

Despite a teacher walkout closing schools Wednesday, the Eugene 4J district will still provide meals for students.