Oregon Food Bank sees generosity in time of crisis

Coronavirus

9,000 new donors have contributed to the food bank

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The state is in the middle of the worst hunger crisis in a century, according to the CEO of the Oregon Food Bank.

CEO Susannah Morgan said the number of food requests are up at least 50% and added that it could be closer to 70%. The Oregon Food Bank Network, and the food pantries it helps stock, are slammed. So far, they said they are able to meet demand.

“Our network is proving itself to be incredibly resilient, and caring, and flexible,” said Morgan. “And our community is proving itself to be incredibly generous and giving.”

Volunteering with the food bank has changed in the wake of the coronavirus. The organization has had to break up group shifts to maintain social distancing, and has also started an “#EmergeStronger” donation challenge as an alternative way to help.

Morgan said they have received money from 9,000 new donors since the pandemic started.

Continuing Coverage: Coronavirus

Follow KOIN 6 for the latest news and weather

App

Download our FREE news and weather apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and sign up for our email newsletters.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Twitter News Widget

Trending Stories

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss