The Portland business, Zidell Companies, has given the Oregon Food Bank $150,000. The aim is to expand a program that sends food boxes into schools.
Food Bank CEO, Susannah Morgan, says one of the biggest barriers to food insecurity in Oregon is distribution.
“The idea is take the food where the children and the families are. So to be able to bring in highly nutritious produce and other foods into the schools where the kids and the families can pick it up.”
Morgan says six schools already have the program. The Zidell donation, and an additional gift from Whole Foods, will expand it to 15 schools.
Statewide, emergency food box distribution has increased 41 percent since the beginning of the great recession in 2008.