The Oregon Food Bank works with a cooperative, statewide network of partner agencies to distribute emergency food to hungry families.
The Oregon Housing & Community Services (OHCA) assists with food programs by supporting a variety of nutritional and educational programs that are operated through Oregon Food Bank's statewide network of 21 regional food banks.
The programs include:
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
WIC is a federally funded special supplemental nutrition program that serves:
- Pregnant women
- Breastfeeding women with children under 12 months of age
- Non-breastfeeding women with children under 6 months of age and infants
- Children under 5 years of age
- Fathers, grandparents, foster parents or other guardians may apply for WIC for their children.
Meals on Wheels America delivers a nutritious meal to seniors to keep them healthy, safe and living independently in their own homes.
SNAP-Ed is a national, evidence-based program that works with communities and provides direct education, social marketing, and environmental supports to SNAP participants and low-income households. The program collaborates with community agencies to provide skills, knowledge, and surroundings to support a healthy and affordable diet, leading to obesity prevention and healthier lifestyles.
SNAP Match at Farmers Markets
There are many Farmers Markets currently providing an incentive for using your SNAP benefits. The participating farmer's market will match a certain amount of SNAP benefits spent to increase the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables you may purchase. The link provides a map of the participating farmers markets.
Senior Farm Direct Nutrition Program
The Senior Farm Direct Nutrition Program (SFDNP) provides low-income, eligible seniors with checks that can be used to purchase fresh Oregon grown fruit, vegetables and herbs at approved farm stands and farmer's markets.
Free or Reduced-Price Meals
School Lunch Program
The School Lunch Program benefits school-aged children by providing a nutritionally balanced lunch. Families can now apply online for free or reduced school lunches. Paper applications are also available at schools.
Free or reduced prices school lunches for those receiving SNAP or TANF:
Individuals who are eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) programs, are also eligible for free school meals. Your child's eligibility information can be electronically transferred from the Oregon Department of Human Services. (This sharing of eligibility information is permitted under Federal Law.) Other children in your household who do not receive SNAP or TANF benefits are extended free meal benefits based on one child's participation in SNAP or TANF. Please call your school, if this circumstance exists in your household.
Free Summer Meals for Kids and Teens
The Summer Food Service Program is meant to help fill the nutritional gap of school ending and free or reduced-price meals are no longer available. Find your nearest Summer Food Service Program meal site.
General Information and Referrals
The Oregon Helps Web site can help you find out if you might be eligible for several programs that serve families and children.
211 info has free information about 3,000 agencies providing over 50,000 programs to people throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.