Take a Bite Out of Hunger: 'We can't sit aside and hope that everyone's OK'
EUGENE, Ore. - Kristie Rose visits the food bank a few times a year.
Health problems make it tough for her to earn a livable income, she said.
"That definitely puts a lot of stress on myself, and food stamps only go so far, so it's nice to have these resources available to us," Rose said.
Help from Catholic Community Services makes it possible for Rose to get basics like milk, bread, and produce.
And that's not the only resource for those in need.
Food for Lane County, which works with Catholic Community Services, helps nearly 80,000 people a year.
"The most surprising thing people will find is that there's still a lot of people that need help and they're still trying to recover from the economy," said Dawn Marie Woodward with Food for Lane County.
"People typically come in maybe once a month, and so it's nice to have food that's not all fresh that needs to be used in the next 3-5 days from when they pick up the box," Woodward said.
Food drive organizers are asking for anything low in sugar, low in salt, and non-perishable.
Cooking supplies such as oil are welcome, too.
With the holidays approaching and heat and electricity bills rising, any little bit helps.
"We can't sit aside and hope that everyone's OK," Ben Guyre of Eugene said. "We need to make sure everyone is OK."
"It really helps us not only in the month of December but in the next coming months through the winter," Woodward said.