Oregon farmers launch new effort to feed hungry
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
The Adopt-an-Acre program helps get donated farm produce to hungry Oregonians.
A 7-year-old Oregon nonprofit, Farmers Ending Hunger, has launched a new program to help get farm-grown foods into the pantries of hungry families.
The Adopt-an-Acre program will raise money to harvest, process, store and distribute fresh food donated by family farms from all over Oregon. Once the food is processed it will be delivered to the Oregon Food Bank's regional network for distribution in food relief boxes.
"Oregon is one of the most productive growing regions in the country and also one of the hungriest," said Farmers Ending Hunger Executive Director, John Burt, in a press release. “In an average month, 72,000 children in Oregon eat meals from emergency food boxes."
Through the Adopt-and-Acre program, individuals can sponsor anything from one farm row for $25 to two acres of crops for $500. Donors can view an interactive map of partner farms and learn more about the ingredients they donate — items as diverse as pears, wheat, peas and cattle.
To drum up attention for the new program Farmers Ending Hunger is sponsoring a number of events around Portland including an opportunity to make a real Mr. Potato Head at the Portland Farmer's Market on Oct. 22.
Farmers Ending Hunger was founded by eastern Oregon farmer and philanthropist Fred Ziari in 2004.
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