South Valley Resource Alliance (SVRA) has announced Friday Food Share, serving South Lane County residents who experience hunger or food insecurity. The non-profit organization offers free food distribution on the first and third Fridays of each month at the Community Center in Cottage Grove, 700 Gibbs Ave., starting at 3:30 p.m.
The next Friday Food Share is scheduled for this Friday, Aug. 16.
SVRA has been serving South Lane County residents since July 2018 through this supplemental food program. Over the last few months, the number of food-insecure families and individuals served has increased — averaging 60 families (160 individuals). Individuals and families with incomes up to 200% of the poverty level are eligible to join in.
On the first and third Fridays of each month, SVRA transports pallets of donated produce and other perishables from Food for Lane County’s Eugene warehouse to the Cottage Grove Community Center.
A team of volunteers and participants work cooperatively so Friday Food Share runs smoothly.
Food for Lane County estimates that nearly 42 percent of Lane County households experience food insecurity. In partnership, Food for Lane County and SVRA supply additional food resources to help residents meet nutritional needs.
To make sure SVRA can regularly transport the many pallets of perishable food from Food for Lane County, the group has embarked on a “buck for the truck” fundraising campaign. It costs $300 a month in truck fees and operating expenses to make this program work.
The organization accepts donations to its “buck for the truck” fundraising effort.
Anyone interested can visit www.southvalleyresourcealliance.org and can donate there as well.
The public can also visit SVRA’s booth at the Concerts-in-the-Park series at Bohemia Park in Cottage Grove every Wednesday evening through Sept. 4.