News Archive

January 2014

1/28/2014
Farm Bill Agreement Reached
A congressional farm bill conference committee has passed a bill that includes a draconian $8.6-billion cut to federal food assistance. The cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) comes on the heels of an $11-billion reduction in the program that went into effect on November 1, 2013.
 
1/26/2014
The New Face of Food Stamps
http://news.yahoo.com/face-food-stamps-working-age-americans-155417479.html
 
1/3/2014
A Heart for Giving
Finding the Right Charity. An article sponsored by Ruralite Magazine. http://www.ruralite.org/a-heart-for-giving-finding-the-right-charity/
 
1/3/2014
The Chew-St. Vincent de Paul
A touching story about helping our neighbors in need. Check out the video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZH3CXwAcwc
 

December 2013

12/21/2013
Wyden in Line for Leadership
WASHINGTON — The Democrat in line to chair the Senate’s most powerful committee is a liberal Oregonian who has been an occasional thorn in the side of the intelligence community, the Obama administration and his own party. For Sen. Ron Wyden, the only job better than leading the Senate Finance Committee and its jurisdiction over taxes, trade and health care policy might be starting for
 
12/21/2013
Blocks of Love
Cascade Locks ladies make and donate quilts to to domestic violence shelter.
 
12/17/2013
In from the Cold
The Hood River Warming Shelter is seeking to enrich the quality of life of the homeless in Hood River County and surrounding areas by providing “a safe place to meet the basic human needs of people without shelter during our coldest months.” The warming shelter started in November 2010 on a rotation basis between five local churches and had trained 100 volunteers to operate the shelte
 
12/17/2013
Who is Homeless?
According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, July 2009: Individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence, including children and youth who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence, and children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer pa
 
12/17/2013
Food & Family During the Holidays
Parntership for a Hunger-Free Oregon. A touching holiday letter for help.
 
12/10/2013
No to Extending Unemployment
As budget talks continue in Congress, the prospect is waning for an extension of expiring unemployment benefits. While some congressional Democrats continue to press for extended benefits for jobless workers, an Associated Press story reported Dec. 9 that it is unclear how strongly the White House would support them and even Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has not made their absence
 
12/10/2013
Gold Coin Dropped in Kettle
This is a great story about the spirit of giving.
 

Photo by Adam Lapierre
12/10/2013
Gift Sales Helps Meals on Wheels
Looking for some holiday décor with good calories connected? The senior Meals on Wheels program is the beneficiary of the annual Christmas décor sale at the Hood River Valley Adult Center. The annual Christmas décor sale runs throughout the month of December, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Funds raised through the sale will be used to support Meals on Wheels, a
 
12/10/2013
Food Bank Gains Grant from OCF
FISH Food Bank Building Project is the recipient of a $40,000 grant from the community grant program of The Oregon Community Foundation to assist in the construction of a new distribution center and warehouse in Hood River. The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation is to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses, and organiza
 
12/10/2013
Town Hall hosts event for winter warming shelter
The Hood River Warming Shelter works to ensure that homeless families and individuals have a warm and safe shelter during the dangerously cold winter months here in Hood River and the Columbia Gorge, according to Immanual Lutheran Pastor Jeff Mueller. “The Upper Valley is hosting a fundraising event as a way to get the community more involved in this important task.,” Mueller writes.
 

November 2013

11/30/2013
ELFF Food Drive
ELFF Canned Food Drive set for December 3-5th.
 
11/16/2013
Waiting for Thanksgiving Dinner
Rosa Fus took one look at the huge mound of potatoes – 600 to 700 pounds – waiting to be peeled for last year’s Community Thanksgiving dinner and broke into tears. Her husband, Oregon National Guard Sgt. Stacey Fus looked at the piles of spuds and said, “It’s not that bad.” He had faced plenty of logistical challenges during his military career, which included
 
11/11/2013
Time to feed FISH
Food banks need donations as demand rises for the holidays
 

October 2013

10/25/2013
CAP is currently offering energy assistance
The Dalles — Mid-Columbia Community Action (CAP) is currently doing energy assistance appointments to help with heating costs. Current appointments are for households with senior or disabled persons. Contact the closest office to get an appointment, either The Dalles at 541-298-5131 or Hood River at 541-386-4027. Discount programs are also available through Mid-Columbia Community Actio
 
10/22/2013
Artists, authors help FISH with ‘Art in the Aftern
Local artists and authors do their part to fight hunger Sunday in a special show at Mt. Hood Winery. “Art in the Afternoon” brings artwork and books together in a fundraiser for FISH Food Bank, from 2 to 5 p.m. Mt. Hood Winery is located on Van Horn Drive in Pine Grove. Admission is free. Artists and authors will donate a portion of their proceeds to FISH, which works to reduce
 

July 2013

7/9/2013
United Way Funds 40 Gorge Groups
The Dalles — This year the United Way of the Columbia Gorge (UWCG) will allocate funding to 40 local non-profit programs. More than 60 volunteers raised $155,000 within the Columbia Gorge community, which will now be channeled directly to agencies serving Hood River, Klickitat, Sherman, Skamania and Wasco counties. Many local non-profit agencies need financial support beyond their own
 

January 2013

1/6/2013
Fred Meyer Community Rewards
Beginning February 3, 2014, YOU will be able to help earn money for your favorite non-profit simply by shopping at Fred Meyer with your Rewards Card. Here's how it works: In 2014, Fred Meyer will make $2.5 million in donations to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington via Fred Meyer Community Rewards. Then, starting January 6th, you can register your card online and be able to help
 

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