HPC Plate CroppedHPC logoThe mission of the Hunger Prevention Coalition is to ensure funding for nonprofit agencies proven to provide nutritious food for our neighbors in need in Central Oregon.

Formed in 2000, the Hunger Prevention Coalition is operated by volunteers who are passionate about making nutritious food available to all. Our partner agencies, selected once each year, are chosen based on their ability to prove that they will serve anyone in need and will direct our funding to purchase items that increase the nutritional value of the meals or food boxes distributed.

Knowing that your hard-earned money will be used to provide nutritious food to a neighbor in need, not to cover overhead expenses, either donate now through our online system, donate at the register through our Help Fill Empty Plates program, and/or watch for other events benefiting the Hunger Prevention Coalition. We also encourage you to volunteer your time at any of our partner agencies (or with us!) to get a first-hand look at your money in action and to have a personal connection with those experiencing food insecurity.

The Hunger Prevention Coalition is a 501[c]3, Fed ID: 68-0536273

Some Frequently Asked Questions:

Why is there a need for more food assistance, when so many people receive food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP]?

  • People seeking food may be homeless, living at shelters, or struggling families.
  • To be eligible for food stamps [SNAP], people have to have a valid ID, and a mailing address. Many people who are utilizing food shelters, etc. typically may not have an ID or address.
  • The amount of money people receive on their food stamps is simply not even close to being adequate for the amount of money it takes to feed their families. Government funds the SNAP, WIC, Oregon Trail, etc. These programs have been receiving cuts. With the demand increasing, it falls on non-profits to try and meet the need

How can agencies receive funds from the HPC?

  • Once a year agencies apply for our grants.
  • We require reports (with receipts) from the agencies to know how our funds were used.

How do the agencies use the funds?

  • These agencies are using the funds they receive from us to purchase items they often can’t get through Oregon Food Bank, NeighborImpact, or canned food drives.
  • They use our money to buy fresh nutritious foods such as: milk, meats, fresh vegetables, and food items that increase the nutritional value of meals being served.

Who are your current partner agencies?

  • Bend’s Community Center, the Bethlehem Inn, Central Oregon Council on Aging, Community of Christ Church, Family Kitchen, The Giving Plate, Nativity Lutheran Church Food Pantry, Saving Grace, St. Vincent de Paul (Bend, La Pine, Prineville, Redmond), The Shepherd’s House, Holy Trinity Care and Share, La Pine Community Kitchen, and House of Hope Ministries.

Over the years, we’ve given out over $500,000. Our “Help Fill Empty Plates” program is our largest fundraiser and 100% of the money raised through the checkout placards and coupons gets donated back to the agencies.

The Hunger Prevention Coalition is a 501[c]3, Fed ID: 68-0536273