TOP STORY: Save the Date
For most students, there's only a week left of school and, if you're like my family, you're busy celebrating the year's accomplishments and preparing for an exciting summer of fun and family. But for some families, summer is a time of insecurity and anxiety.
Food insecurity affects almost 14% of households in Oregon - that's over half a million people, including almost a quarter of a million children. In Washington County, 37.5% of students are eligible for free and reduced price meals. When school is out, many students and families lose access to services, including food.
Team Read is hosting a Town Hall to help support the Oregon Food Bank and the work they do to help feed Oregon families and children. We hope you'll join us on Thursday, June 19 at 5:30 pm at the Oregon Food Bank: 1870 NW 173rd Avenue, Beaverton, OR. We'll be helping to repackage food that will be distributed across the state to families in need. Please RSVP if you'll be able to make it.
If you're not able to join us, please consider supporting the Oregon Food Bank's work in other ways. There are food drives around the state this month, and donations are always appreciated and put to good use. For every $10 donated to the Oregon Food Bank, they can distribute enough food for 30 meals. See below for more information on how you can help out.
Last session, the Oregon legislature took an important step towards combating hunger. Today an important law goes into effect: Senate Bill 1541 expands the crop donation tax credit to encourage farmers to donate to food banks, boost local food supplies, and help provide nutritious food to low-income Oregonians.
There are lots of ways you can help to address child food insecurity this summer:
For other events this summer that benefit the Oregon Food Bank, see http://www.oregonfoodbank.org/Calendar.
SAVE THE DATE
Our next constituent coffee will be Saturday, June 14 at 8:30 am at Ava Roasteria on Hall Blvd. in Beaverton.
Hope to see you there!
Posted on June 9, 2014.