The Sunriver Women’s Club kicked off a new fundraising effort, the Hunger Prevention Fund, to combat food insecurity in south Deschutes County. The campaign kicked off at the May 11 Board meeting and will continue through the summer months with no end date determined. The intent of the campaign is to raise funds for local food pantries to help offset costs due to increased demand and need and unparalleled food and fuel prices. The three local nonprofits to receive funds are the La Pine Community Kitchen, Sunriver Care & Share Outreach, and St. Vincent de Paul of La Pine. SWRC will gather and distribute funds monthly to these organizations.
Among the factors that motivated the SRWC to focus on local food insecurity include:
“We are in absolute panic about what is about to happen. And frankly, I am terrified for what we are facing for the rest of this year and next year.” - Scott Cooper, Executive Director, NeighborImpact, The Bulletin, Feb 18, 2023
“Going away from maximum allotment (of SNAP benefits), for some people, will likely mean they lose their housing.” – April Munks, District Manager, Oregon DHS, The Bulletin, Feb 18, 2023
Not Losing Ground - Hungry kids can’t learn:
The Power of 100+ and Power of 50 for Education fundraising projects will have a transformative impact on families in south Deschutes County for years to come. We can increase the long-term effectiveness of those outstanding programs and not lose the ground those programs gained by helping to advance local hunger prevention programs, particularly now.
34% of food insecure children in Deschutes County are likely not eligible for federal nutrition assistance. Credit: www.centraloregonhealthdata.org