How Oregon farmers collaborate to help fight hunger in Oregon
Since 2007, the Oregon Wheat Foundation, through the Bushels for Betsy Program, has partnered with Farmers Ending Hunger to join the fight against hunger in Oregon.
How Wheat Farmers Help
- A grower donates to the Bushels for Betsy program, with cash, or in bushels of grain (wheat, barley or corn) when he sells his grain.
- Grain donation: Farmers donate by the bushel through Bushels for Betsy, or by the acre through Farmers Ending Hunger (FEH). The value of the grain gifted is sent from the co-op to FEH to GrainCraft for processing into flour. Farmers: use this Donation Form to designate your bushels donated.
- Cash donation: this is accumulated with other cash donations in a special account with the Oregon Wheat Foundation and sent annually to Farmers Ending Hunger for the purchase of flour.
- The flour is transported to Continental Mills/Krusteaz where the perfect ingredients are added, and it is packaged into bags of pancake mix. The beauty of our mix is that it is shelf stable. You only need to add water to the mix. It’s a versatile mix and can be used for biscuits, muffins and dumplings.
- The Oregon Food Bank sends trucks to pick up the mix from Continental Mills, and distributes it through their network of food banks throughout Oregon.
The Need is Great. Please contribute today! Complete the Donation Form to designate bushels when you sell your wheat, or write a check to the Oregon Wheat Foundation using the form below. Thank you!
By the Numbers
- In 2015, 189,000 lbs. of mix were distributed through the Food Bank network, serving 63,000 families with a 3-lb bag of mix.
- Over $6,000 was contributed in cash through the Bushels for Betsy program in 2015.
- The donated mix does not all go to the urban population, as one might expect. Approximately 45% of Oregon Food Bank food donations are distributed to food banks in Eastern Oregon.
- 270,000 people per MONTH eat meals from emergency food boxes. Of those, 92,000 are children. The Oregon Food Bank distributes more than 1 million emergency food boxes annually.