Working Together to Increase Nutritious Foods for the Hungry in Central Oregon

The Hunger Prevention Coalition of Central Oregon (HPC) was formed in 2000 and included citizens volunteer groups involved in addressing hunger problems in Central Oregon. These include agencies that work with Neighbor Impact to receive and distribute food from the Oregon Food Bank.

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After almost two years of informal but successful cooperation, the Coalition adopted bylaws and elected a Board of Directors in June 2002.
Help Fill Empty Plates was created to eliminate hunger in all of Central Oregon communities. The program was started with a pilot project at Newport Ave. Market in 2002. At any of the participating stores you are able to select one of three coupons options that you may purchase when buying your own groceries.
$2.45 (provides a single meal)
$5.00 (provides a family meal)
$10 (provides a family with a food basket)

HPC then guarantees that 100% of all funds raised through Help Fill Empty Plates go directly to local food providers and shelters to help provide nutritious food for individuals and families in need.


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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 back 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.

What agencies participate in HPC’s Help Fill Empty Plates?

  • Bend’s Community Center, Bethlehem Inn, Community Of Christ, Family Kitchen, The Giving Plate, Holy Trinity Care And Share, Jericho Road, Lapine Community Kitchen, Salvation Army, Saving Grace, St. Vincent De Paul service agencies in: Bend, Crook County, Lapine, and Redmond

In the years we’ve been doing this 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.




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