Did you know that 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted every year? An average restaurant in the United States wastes 150,000 pounds or 120,000 meals annually. This waste equates to 40% of the food that we produce—almost half!
Here in the richest country on Earth, 50 million Americans are at risk of hunger. Families often have to choose between paying for food, utilities, transportation, medical care and housing. Food insecurity has significant implications. People who are food insecure suffer higher rates of chronic illness than the general population. Poor nutrition leads to higher incidences of diabetes, hypertension and other cardiovascular risk factors, weakened immune systems and a heightened risk for cancer.
One in six Americans is food insecure, or doesn’t know where his or her next meal is coming from. This number is even higher among children: one in five children are at risk of hunger. Missing meals and experiencing hunger impairs a child’s development and achievement. It’s not that we can’t afford to address hunger–it’s that we can’t afford not to.
What can you do to help solve this problem in our community?
Food Share of Lincoln County is your regional food bank. We exist to serve you, a friend, a neighbor or a family member, should the need ever arise. Our mission is to alleviate hunger in Lincoln County by soliciting, collecting and distributing food through a network of agencies, but we can do so much more than distribute food with your help.
We currently collect, through the Fresh Alliance Program, produce dairy, deli and meat from local retailers such as Fred Meyer, Rays, Safeway and Walmart six days a week for distribution to our network of pantries, meal sites, youth and senior outreach programs.
In 2015, Food Share of Lincoln County embarked on a Food Recovery Program in partnership with Samaritan Health Services. Starting with the hospitals in Newport and Lincoln City, leftover prepared food such as soups and casseroles from the cafeterias are collected, put into plastic storage bags, labeled and frozen before distribution to our partner agencies. This important program is a win-win for all: the hospitals have a way to reduce their food waste and the clients of our partner agencies have access to an additional food source.
Your generous support of $25, $50, $75, $100 or more, can help us expand the program to recover food from other Lincoln County establishments such as large restaurants, schools and the casino. Your help will keep edible, nutritious food out of the landfills and into the hands of our friends and neighbors in need in our community.
You can contribute by check or donate via credit card here on our website, just click on the Donate Now button at the top right of this page. You can also drop by our office anytime M-F from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM if you wish to make your donation in person, or call us at 541-265-8578 if you’d like more information.
Please consider making a donation of $25, $50, $75, $100 or more to Food Share of Lincoln County today and help us continue our mission to alleviate hunger in Lincoln County. Together, we can put leftover and unused food in the right place!
Nancy Mitchell, Executive Director
P.S. Consider becoming a monthly sustainer; it’s easy to set up using a credit or debit card, and your sustained donations will help support our programs year-round. Ask us how.