COVID-19 and Hunger Update from FRAC

The Food Research and Action Center has recently released a report on the impact that COVID-19 has had on hunger in the United States and the results are quite striking. The percentage of people who report sometimes or often not having enough food has more than tripled since 2018. The report also found that BIPOC are being impacted more severely than White individuals and families.

So what can we do? The report also found that P-EBT and increased SNAP benefits that have been released since the pandemic hit have already shown to reduce hunger and food insecurity. Supporting these programs and programs like Double Up Food Bucks which stretch SNAP dollars further and support local economy (with your dollars) are two great places to start!

See the full report!

 

Published on October 1, 2020

Farmers Market Week Roundup!

 

There couldn’t be a better time than Oregon Farmers Market Week (August 2-7, 2020) to show off what farmers markets around Oregon have to offer! We rounded up some photos from Double Up Food Bucks partner farmers markets to help do that. Head over to their Instagram pages (linked below) to show them some love, or better yet, visit them in person! Bring your SNAP/EBT card to Double Up and receive up to $10 FREE to spend on fresh produce.

 

Pictured above (right to left, top to bottom):

  1. Heirloom tomatoes at the Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market in Medford – @rvgrowersmarket
  2. Peppers and peas looking cute in Bend! – @bendfarmersmarket
  3. Cherries spotted at Oregon City Farmers Market – @oregoncityfarmersmarket
  4. Wallowa County Farmers Market in Joseph is brimming with greens, peaches, beans, cabbage, onions, garlic, beets, and so much more! – @wallowacountyfarmersmarket
  5. Oregon berries! (enough said) Woodlawn Farmers Market in Portland has got your berry needs covered – @woodlawnfarmersmarket
  6. So many colors at King Farmers Market in Portland! – @portlandfarmers
  7. Plenty of fresh, local, and delicious options available at Corvallis and Albany farmers markets! – @cafm_locallygrown
  8. Berries and cherry tomatoes in Veneta. What more could you want? – @venetadfm
  9. Pastured eggs, cucumbers, tomatoes, and more abound at Portland’s South Waterfront Farmers Market – @southwaterfrontfarmersmarket

What have you bought with Double Up Food Bucks this summer at your local farmers market? Tag us on Instagram or Facebook with your market hauls!

For a list of all of the Oregon farmers markets offering Double Up Food Bucks this year and more information about the program, please visit doubleuporegon.org.

 

Published August 5, 2020

No food justice without racial justice: Why FMF is taking a stand against racism.

 

Farmers Market Fund stands in solidarity with the Black community, demanding justice and an end to racism and systems of oppression that inflict brutality on Black people across America. We grieve the senseless murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many others.

At Farmers Market Fund, our mission is centered on creating an equitable and just food system: one that nourishes all Oregonians. But an equitable food system cannot exist within an inequitable society.

America’s food system has exploitation and racism at its roots: farms established on land stolen from Native people, a country built with the labor of enslaved Africans, and hundreds of thousands of farmworkers who are underpaid immigrant and migrant Latinx people subject to abuses including substandard housing, sexual harassment, and pesticide poisoning. Oregon’s history of racist and exclusionary practices has also shaped its agriculture. The most recent USDA agricultural census found only 3% of farm owner-operators in Oregon identified as a race other than White.

The Black, Indigenous, & people of color (BIPOC) community also experience the highest levels of food insecurity in Oregon. Systemic inequities in access to healthy food and healthy communities are a direct result of centuries of structural racism. We want families to have access to healthy foods, but this is impossible if Black families fear for their lives while traveling to purchase food. Food justice is impossible without racial justice.

Farmers Market Fund is dedicated to working to dismantle racism within our organization, our work, and our personal lives. We recommit to be an anti-racist organization, and acknowledge that our failure to do so vocally in the past has caused harm. We also acknowledge that we are a majority-White organization, which affords us certain privileges and limits our perspectives. We are committed to using our privilege to stand with BIPOC organizations, and to offer additional strength and solidarity for Black-led organizations. In addition to committing ourselves to ongoing learning, we are taking action to ensure we are working towards making Farmers Market Fund a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization. We’ll keep you updated on our efforts through this page on our website over the upcoming months and years.

Racism will not stop unless we take action. We invite you, as a member of the Farmers Market Fund community, to join us on this journey.

In solidarity,

Farmers Market Fund staff & board

Here are some actions you can take today:

Donate to Black-led organizations working on food justice here in Oregon

Black Food Sovereignty Coalition serves as a collaboration hub for Black and Brown communities to confront the systemic barriers that make food, place, and economic opportunities inaccessible. The BFSC mission is to ignite Black and brown communities to participate as owners and movement leaders within food systems, placemaking, and economic development. To donateClick here

 

Mudbone Grown is a black-owned farm enterprise that promotes inter-generational community-based farming that creates measurable and sustainable environmental, social, cultural, and economic impacts in communities. Their Pathways to Farming program is a 3-year farmer incubator program seeks to support farmers of color in the Pacific Northwest to launch their own agricultural businesses and to be a part of the creation of a farmer of color cooperative. To donateFind Mudbone through PayPal or through CashApp with the $Cashtag: $mudbonegrownllc

 

Equitable Giving Circle: The Equitable Giving Circle empowers BIPOC communities in Portland by  leveraging economic deposits from communities of privilege, through projects including gifting CSA shares to BIPOC families experiencing food insecurity who are not currently being served by the social services network. To donateClick here

 

Read / watch /  listen

White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo

The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander

Farming While Black, Leah Penniman

Biased, Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt

Me and White Supremacy,  Layla F Saad

Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources

“Why Aren’t There More Black People In Oregon?”, Walidah Imarisha

The 1619 Project podcast by New York Times

Seeing White podcast by Scene on Radio

Published June 11, 2020