The Oregon Food Bank has notified local food banks to expect less food to be offered from the regional distribution center.
Several factors have contributed to the lack of food - the USDA commodity foods have been in decline due to a strong agriculture market, food manufacturers have not been donating as generously as in the past, and there was a contaminated food recall requiring our food banks to send back cases of canned chili and stew.
For the past several months, the quantity and quality of food we receive from OFB has greatly declined.
Locally, we need help from the community to have food available when families come to the food banks. In this past month, the food banks served 69 households in the Enterprise area and 22 households in Wallowa/Lostine area.
With the job layoffs that Wallowa County is experiencing, the food banks are expecting a significant increase in the number of households we serve.
During the holidays, and throughout the winter, it is not unusual for us to serve more than one hundred households per month.
Cash donations or food can be dropped off at Community Connection in Enterprise or at the Wallowa food bank located at the American Legion Hall in Wallowa. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, call 426-3840.
Carolyn Pfeaster, Manager
Commuinity Connection of Wallowa County