UCAN plays a critical role in addressing hunger in Douglas County. Through our program, Feeding Umpqua, we operate the regional food warehouse and distribution center for Douglas County. We obtain food, store it and distribute it to partners like local pantries and kitchens. Sources of food include the Oregon Food Bank, which provides many staple items like canned foods, local food retailers who provide fresh, nutritious foods, such as dairy, produce and breads, and local farmers who donate fruits and veggies. Community organizations and members organize food drives and donate food to us.
Residents eat meals at local kitchens, and obtain food boxes at local pantries. We serve pantries in Drain, Glendale, Glide, Myrtle Creek, Reedsport, Roseburg, Riddle, Sutherlin, Winston and Yoncalla. We serve a total of six kitchens, with locations in Drain, Sutherlin and Roseburg. UCAN is currently directly providing food to residents of Douglas County's more remote communities using a mobile pantry. Locations served by the Outpost Mobile Pantry include: Days Creek, Camas Valley, Elkton, and Diamond Lake.
In addition to running the regional food bank, Feeding Umpqua also offers a number of nutrition programs in Douglas County. We provide demonstrations where residents can try out healthy foods. We support “Food Hero @ The Farmers’ Market” at several local farmers' markets. This program lets children have fun meeting local food producers. Kids get to talk directly with farmers, play educational games, enjoy tasty samples of local food, and experience new fruits and veggies. They also obtain vouchers allowing them to pick out their own healthy food and obtain "passport" stamps which they turn in for prizes. Another program we offer is Cooking Matters. Residents in this program learn to shop for and cook healthy meals on a budget. Lessons cover meal preparation, grocery shopping, food budgeting and nutrition.
Josephine County Food Pantry
UCAN operates a food pantry at our main service office in Grants Pass. Folks in need can stop by the pantry and pick up emergency food here.