Put a Focus on Solving Hunger!

Project ideas for the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance

Oregon is a state rich with agricultural resources, yet it remains one of the hungriest states in the nation. The 9 /11 Day of Service and Remembrance provides a timely opportunity for Oregonians to partner, serve, and engage in many different ways to ensure all Oregonians can access healthy, affordable food in their community.

Coordinate an Outreach BLAST – Many people in Oregon, including seniors and people with disabilities, are not using federally funded nutrition programs. SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), School Meals and WIC can help them stretch their food dollars. Dedicate a day to getting information about these critical resources out to the community. Work with schools in a district to hold a school meal application “sign up campaign”, ask local grocery stores or farmer’s markets to allow you to distribute SNAP and WIC information at tables in front the store, hold a SNAP outreach event at Loaves and Fishes Meal sites for seniors and invite them to help get their friends connected with food resources.

Provide People Power – Start, maintain, support or expand a community or school garden. Work with schools, school districts and child care centers in your area, master gardeners or community groups to make quick work of embarking on a large gardening project.

Hold an Education and Resource Fair – Share information and resources with community members to assist individuals and families who are at risk for experiencing hunger. Invite community organization that work on food and social service issues to table, hold short workshop or discussion sessions to allow community members to learn more and discuss the realities and impacts of hunger on children, seniors and families.

Host a Hunger Banquet – This interactive event demonstrates the striking extent to which hunger and poverty effect people in our country and around the world. For more information on hosting a Hunger Banquet click here.

Convene a Community Conversation – Discuss ways hunger impacts people differently. Invite community members of all ages, elected officials, advocates and service providers to discuss what hunger looks like in that community, the variety of resources that are available to assist people and communities in need and opportunities to solve hunger in creative ways.

Lend Many Hands – Help collect or repack food to be distributed through the regional food bank network at Oregon Food Bank or your local food pantry.