Making A Difference
In Our Community
Helping people is what it's all about. There are so many stories that are humbling, sad, and joyous. The Josephine County Food Bank is proud to be in a position to help the lives of those in need. This is made possible thanks to the generous community we all live in.
The following statements are from people in our community that have had experiences with the Food Bank. The names have been sheltered to protect their privacy.
“It was just one thing after another with medical bills and going from one hospital to the next…If it weren't for the food pantries, we wouldn't be able to pay our bills or make ends meet.”
“At one time I owned a business and ended up losing it all. The Food Bank helped me through a rough time when it was hard to get food to eat!.”
“Josephine County can be hard to make a go! No one is safe from being hungry anymore.”
JOE's Place serves homeless teens:
“I really appreciate JOE's Place being there for me and the food they give me really helps.”
—18 year old
“Without JOE's Place, I would not eat regularly. They make great meals.”
—16 year old
“JOE's Place provides me with a great place to eat and a place where I am welcome and safe.”
—18 year old
“My husband, myself and our three children started our lives over almost 2 years ago with nothing. No car, no jobs, no food, and no house. The Food Bank through the Family Nurturing Center has provided us with that little bit extra that we've needed each month. Sometimes it can be so hard…having somewhere to turn really takes the pressure off. Thank you so very much for everything you do it's made a huge difference in our lives. It's not a hand out, it's a hand up!”
This story was provided by a manager at one of the food pantries. It about a senior citizen that shops for his wife.
When they retired, everything was pretty good. They had a roof over their head and a car that was paid off. Then she got sick. While they still have a place to live and a good car, with the medical bills and prescriptions – food and utilities became more difficult. He stated they use as little as possible for utilities, but it got harder and harder to buy healthy food. With tears in his eyes, he expressed his gratitude for the good food we give that helps feed them and stretch their money.
— Name withheld
“We moved here to help my wife's mother. After she died, we didn't have anywhere to live. It took both of us to care for her and her animals and the property. We aren't sad we did it, we should have planned better or thought about it more. We finally got a place to live, but are still struggling for food. Even with food stamps it doesn't feed us all month. The jobs here don't pay a lot, so it's hard. The Food Bank here made it so we can keep going.”
— Name withheld
“The food supplied by the Josephine County Food Bank to Women's Crisis Support Team is important and this is how I know: some years back, I was a resident of the safe house with my children. it was helpful to not have to worry about how I was going to feed my family when we fled our abusive home. It takes time to apply for food benefits and we left with no money or food with just a few belongings. WCST provided food so I could prepare meals for my family. With so many other things to worry about, I was grateful that food was not one of them.
Today, years later, I volunteer to prepare dinner one night a week at the safe house so the moms can attend support group. I use the food provided by the Food Bank to supply dinner for as many as 19 people! Thank you to those who make it possible for me to volunteer my time in a meaningful way and give back to those who were there for me when I needed it.”
— C. B.
The Josephine County Food Bank and Raptor Creek Farm are operated under Friends of Josephine County Food Bank Network:
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