Carrie Welch, Feast Portland co-founder, Cell: 917-846-3599
Patti Whitney-Wise, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, Cell: 503-757-8027
Kelli Dietrerich, Share Our Strength, Cell: 202-725-5019
Feast Portland cooks up big success in first yearCulinary event raises $46,000 to help end child hunger
PORTLAND, Ore., (November 19, 2012) – Feast Portland cooked up an amazing first-ever Pacific Northwest culinary event that continues to yield a successful bounty. Event organizers announced the results: $46,000 donated toward anti-hunger efforts in Oregon and across the nation.
In September, food enthusiasts from around the country and the world converged in Portland for a four-day festival that celebrated Oregon’s agricultural bounty, talented chefs and artisans. “It’s exciting to announce our donation to our fantastic charitable partners, Share Our Strength and Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, and to know that money will help end hunger. With almost 9,000 attendees and 40 stellar events, we are so thankful to our city and state for an amazing first year and can’t wait for 2013.”
Feast Portland’s donation will support the missions of Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, a statewide anti-hunger advocacy organization, and Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit working to end child hunger in America.
“We are very pleased the event was such a success,” said Patti Whitney-Wise, executive director of Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. “ The festival elevated the importance of all of us working together to end child hunger, and everyone had a good time as they helped make a difference.”
Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon’s mission is to raise awareness about hunger, connect people to nutrition programs and advocate for systemic changes that end hunger before it begins. “All kids need a healthy start in life,” said Patti Whitney-Wise. “When children get enough to eat, they can concentrate in school instead of thinking about how hungry they feel. All of us benefit when our children are healthy.”
This year, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon was chosen as a Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry ally, specifically targeting efforts in Oregon. The Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. “We are excited to work with Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon.” said Debbie Shore, co-founder and associate director for Share Our Strength. “The Partnership was selected to be a No Kid Hungry ally based on their ability to bring together elected officials, corporations, government agencies and nonprofits to connect kids to the food they need.”
In Oregon, one in four children is at risk for hunger, one of the highest rates of child food insecurity in the nation. The consequences of child hunger are long-term, interfering with a child’s ability to learn, earn and thrive. More than half (53%) of Oregon’s students (K-12) are eligible for free or reduced price school meals, reflecting a high need in many communities.
“Hunger is a serious problem, but it can be solved,” said Whitney-Wise. “Private and public partnerships make all the difference, such as the Feast Portland event. We are fortunate to have a plan in our state, Ending Hunger Before it Begins. I encourage all Oregonians to help reverse this devastating trend. Together we will have a greater impact.”
How to help:
Read Oregon’s plan, Ending Hunger Before it Begins
Become a Partner: Donate funds, Volunteer, Share your voice
Visit www.feastportland.com for event information.