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Oregon Food Bank

Dear Friend,

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.



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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:

  • The Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger are collecting donations at Fred Meyer stores around the state this month.

  • Community Action is holding a Food Drive at the Hillsboro Hops baseball game on June 24.

  • Portland's Waterfront Blues Festival is the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi. This year it's being held July 3 - 6 and all proceeds benefit the Oregon Food Bank.

For other events this summer that benefit the Oregon Food Bank, see http://www.oregonfoodbank.org/Calendar.

Oregon Food Bank

Ava Roasteria


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.

Campaign Updates

Jun. 9 Save the Date
May. 3 Did you get your ballot yet?
Mar. 13 Short Session & Upcoming Events
Feb. 20 Legislative Update & Constituent Coffee
Feb. 5 Constituent Coffee 2.8.2014

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In the News

Aug. 21 Portland Tribune: My View: Build bridges, but fix rest of infrastructure, too
Jun. 12 Beaverton Valley Times: Oregon must broaden access to higher education
May. 19 KATU: Your Voice, Your Vote
Mar. 10 The Oregonian: Bonamici, Read and Unger at upcoming Washington County Education Forum
Mar. 6 The Oregonian: Business Expo West speakers announced
Mar. 1 The Oregonian: Steve Duin: Oregon's Senate Republicans can't deal with progress or innovation

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Tobias Read and his wife, Heidi

Tobias Read has always been focused on the future, on what our community — and our state — will look like in the long run. And with the lingering recession and the challenges it's created for our economy, we need his unique brand of long-run thinking now more than ever before. Because the decisions we make today on reviving our economy will shape our state for years to come. Learn more about Tobias.

What will Oregon look like in ten years?

What kind of state will our children inherit from us?

Can we honor Oregon's heritage and traditions while readying ourselves for the future?

For me, answering those questions today means that Oregon will be an even better place to live tomorrow.

I try to approach my job as your State Representative by thinking about the long run, putting long-term priorities over short-term political gain. I want to choose innovation and collaboration rather than obstruction.

I appreciate the support and direction you've given me and hope to be able to continue to work for you.