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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

Our Work

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.

One thing that has not changed over the years is that the Ashland Emergency Food Bank is supported by the community
We have a great partnership with the Ashland Food Project - who provides us with 36% of our total donations. We have nearly 300 dedicated volunteers who 2017 gave over 7,000 hours of their time to help their neighbors in need.  We do not receive government support and rely solely on donations of time, funding, and food from our local community organizations and foundations.   We have a great partnership with the Ashland Food Project – who provides the Food Bank with about 48% off all of our non-perishable food donations.

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

Patti Chase
Julie Cortez
Ava DeRosier
George Kramer
Shaun Moran

Gema McSoto
Pat O’Scannell
Lyn Owens
Herb Petschek
Tim Robitz

Rick Rhoades
Julie Thomas
Ward Wilson
Dennis Slatterly
Traci Darrow: Executive Director

Our Generous Sponsors

TEN Realty – Teresa McCormick Center – Anna May Family Foundation – Reed and Carolee Walker Foundation – Carpenter Foundation – Gardner Grout Foundation – Reissa Foundation – Cow Creek Bank of Umpqua Tribes – Chaney Foundation – Hundredth Monkey Foundation – Rogue Valley Peace Choir – ACCESS – OHSU School of Nursing – Rotaract Club SOU – Interact Club Ashland High School – Greensprings Inn – Project A – DeBoer Foundation – Little Shop of Bagels – Ashland Food Project – First United Methodist Church – Trinity Episcopal Church – Presbyterian Church – Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church – Temple Emek Shalom – First Congregational United Church of Christ – Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship – Havurah Shir Hadash – Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints – Grace Lutheran Church – Safeway – Albertsons – Avista – Shop N Kart – Ashland Food Co-Op – Market of Choice – Food Angels – Smithfields – Rise Up Bakery – Village Baker – Standing Stone – La Baguette – Rogue Natural Foods – Maranatha – Apple Cellar – Dagoba Chocolates – Ashland Hills Inn – Ashland Bakery – Ashland Rotary – Ashland Family YMCA – Ash Anma Stsong – Harry and David – Oregon Shakespeare Festival – Southern Oregon Goodwill – Elks Lodge #944 – Noble Coffee – Siskiyou School – Southern Oregon University – Costco – SOU Preschool – Ashland Public Library – Ashland Postal Workers – Kiwanas – Northwest Seasonal Workers – Amy’s Kitchen – Mihama – Girl Scouts – Boy Scouts – Ashland Christian Fellowship – Grace Point Church – Paddinton Station – Crown Jewell – Eco Teas – Ashland School District – Luna Café – Ashland Fire Department – Oak Knoll Golf Club – Blackstone Audio – Ella Bella Farm – Ashland Grange Co-Op – Medford Welfare Farm – Lions Club – Maren Faye Catering – Newman Hotel Group – SOU International Students – Sysco – Websters – Café 116 – AAUW – Mt. Ashland Café – Greenleaf Café – Ashland Community Resource Center – St. Vincent de Paul – Banyan Botanicals – Ashland Culinary Festival – The Hearth – Ashland Chamber of Commerce – Americorps – Silent Disco – Commercial Services Painting – Evans Arctic Air – Mike Morris Construction – Rogue Community Health – Ashland Gallery Association – Rotary Club Ashland Lithia Springs – Ashland Parks Foundation – Ashland Supportive Housing – Soroptimist International of Ashland – Naturewise – Amanetania Outdoor School – OSU Extension Service – Master Gardeners – Cowhorn Wines – Postal Workers and Postal Carriers – Dragonfly Transitions – Pete’s Gourmet Confections – TonTon’s Artisan Affections – First Interstate Bank – Ashland Amma Satsung – Ashland Commons – Ashland Lions Club – Crystal Herring – Indigo Creek Soda – Mountain Meadows – Rite Aid – Shari’s Pasta – Starbucks – Thistle Sweets – Wilderness Roots – Banner Bank –

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