About Ashland Emergency Food Bank
We serve the residents of Ashland, Talent and surrounding rural areas within those zip codes.
We are located at: 560 Clover Lane (See map) Our phone 541-488-9544. We are open for shopping from 9:30am to 12:30pm Monday through Friday and the first Saturday of each month. We are also open the 4th Wednesday of each month from 5pm to 7pm for shopping.
Ashland Emergency Food Bank is an independent, private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, Federal ID #93-1329669. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by tax code. No goods or services are provided in exchange for donations.
We have a great partnership with the Ashland Food Project - who provides us with 36% of our total donations
The Ashland Emergency Food Bank was founded 45 years ago by a group of churches who believed that no one in our community should go to bed hungry. They pooled their efforts from their individual congregations and began distributing food to people in need.
Over four decades, much has changed. We serve many more people and our numbers continue to rise each year. We are now an independent nonprofit organization, and we own and operate our own building. But one thing has remained constant – our mission. That is, to provide food, free of charge, to residents of Ashland, Talent and surrounding rural communities, and to do so in a way that conveys respect and dignity for those being served. The Food Bank is set up as a grocery store. People sign in – and then get a shopping cart and can shop once per month for their families. As an Emergency Food Bank, we supply enough food for meals for about 2-3 days. Amounts from each category of food (soup, fruit, milk, eggs) depend on family size and we strive to provide the healthiest choices possible for our shoppers. Some folks come to us just once, because something unusual happened in their lives. Others struggle with ongoing issues and come in to shop each month. We know that many of the important jobs in our community are service-related jobs and many struggle to make ends meet. Our job at the Food Bank is to be here, and to provide food when a family needs a little extra help to get through the month.
So Who Do We Serve?
Many people believe we serve mainly the homeless – and we do serve the homeless. 16% of our shoppers are un-housed. Of those – over 100 are local homeless families who have children under the age of 18.
Of the nearly 650 shoppers and their families per month we serve – 35% of those families have children under the age of 18. Also, the number of senior citizens we serve continues to rise. In the first 4 months of 2018 we served over 450 senior shoppers. 60 of those shoppers were over the age of 75. These super-seniors are by far 1 or 2 person households and nearly all from Ashland. Too often in this day and age -- these seniors have to choose between buying food or buying medicine or other necessities. As the demographics in Ashland continue to change it is likely the number of seniors we serve will continue to increase.
The Ashland Emergency Food Bank continues to cultivate partnerships with other critical social safety net service providers to reach as many people as possible in need.
Our Board of Directors
Traci Darrow: Executive Director