We can help you get food and improve your nutrition
Do you need more food for yourself or your family? Would you like to be able to enjoy foods that are healthier for you? Feeding Umpqua, our regional food bank, can help you in several ways if you live in Douglas County.
Much of the food that moves through our food warehouse is sent to local pantries and kitchens. The table found here lists the names and other important info for local pantries and kitchens in Douglas County.
We also have a mobile pantry called the Outpost Mobile Food Center that brings food to:
- Days Creek
- Camas Valley
- Diamond Lake
If you live in or near these communities, we welcome you to stop by when our pantry rolls into town. Right now, on the 1st and 3rd full weeks of the month, we visit Elkton Tuesdays and Camas Valley on Thursdays. On the 2nd full week of the month, we visit Days Creek and Tiller on Wednesday and Diamond Lake on Friday. On the 4th full week of the month, we visit Days Creek on Wednesday.
All food pantries in our network have income requirements, but you don’t need to show any proof of income. You just have to state that you meet the requirement. When you show up at a pantry, you may be asked some questions by pantry staff. Your answers help pantries better plan to meet your needs. You may be offered a card to use at the pantry, but one isn’t required to get food.
Most pantries allow you to select the foods that you need. The only limit you may have is on the number of items of a specific type you can take. Pantries also often have food to help you meet special diet needs. Ask your local pantry to find out how they can help meet your needs!
Kitchens serve up meals. You don’t have to meet any income requirement to enjoy meals from a kitchen. Meals may be hot or cold, and you may be able to sit down for your meal or take it home.Kitchens differ on whether they can make meals to meet special diet needs. We suggest you call your kitchen ahead of time to find out how they are operating.
Enjoy Healthier Eating
We also can help you enjoy and obtain healthier foods. We offer Cooking Matters classes from time to time. These classes do have an income requirement, so check with us to see if you can join. Our classes are very popular. We have local volunteer chefs offer lessons on cooking skills and how to prepare a meal. They are usually joined by another trainer that provides information on nutrition and how to budget for food. You even go on a tour of a local grocery store to see how best to shop for healthy foods. We offer classes to up to 12 students. Classes are for 6 weeks, two hours per week, and are usually held in the evening. You get to make something healthy every class, like baked flaked fish or breakfast burritos. We often provide childcare as well.
Your children can learn more about healthy, fresh food through our Food Heroes @ the Farmers’ Market program. This program offers your children fun activities while they learn about nutrition, food and health. We also provide some tasty food and give you a recipe so you can make something yummy, like blueberry cobbler. You can join in the fun either at the Umpqua Valley or Canyonville Farmers’ Markets. The program runs for about 8 weeks in the summer.
You can follow Feeding Umpqua on Facebook and Instagram to learn more about these fun programs.
If you live in Douglas County and are pregnant, have a child (up to age one) or are a child (up to age 5), you can also check out our WIC program here to see if you can obtain more food through that program.
If you live in Josephine County, you are welcome to stop by our pantry at our Grants Pass location to obtain food. Please call (541) 956-4050 ahead of time to find out when the pantry is open. You can come to the pantry by stopping by our Grants Pass office at 900 SE 8th Street. To find other pantries in Josephine County, you can go to a list here provided by the Josephine County Food Bank.